Engaging Latino Communities in Education (ENLACE) - Northeastern Illinois University

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The mission of Engaging Latino Communities in Education (ENLACE) at Northeastern Illinois University invests in the preparation of leadership in higher education that will create transformative change responsive to the educational needs of an increasing U.S. Latino population in colleges and universities.


Program Description

ENLACE funds the tuition of 10-15 individuals for enrollment in the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership with a Higher Education concentration every two years. The MA program has a curriculum and specific coursework focused on the educational needs of an increasingly diverse college student population. The program aims to support promising students to work as culturally competent and critical staff and administrators at institutions of higher education immediately after they graduate, aiding first-generation college students, economically challenged students, immigrants, and students from underrepresented groups, particularly at urban HSIs like Northeastern Illinois University.


From 2000 to 2015, the program graduated 65 students over 6 cohorts, of which 92% were Latino. There are currently 17 students enrolled in the program, 16 of whom are Latino.

100% of students received a full fellowship, funding their education.

Several graduates have reached high levels of higher education administration, including an Assistant Dean for Academic Services and Programs, an Assistant Dean of Diversity at Augustana College, and a Director of Government Relations.

Students have also conducted parent workshops in English and Spanish aimed at increasing access to college for Latinos. Together, over 5000 students and families have been reached by these outreach activities.