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The Transitions Program at Dominican University (DU) began in 2004 to prepare minority students to succeed in college and has been crucial to the academic success of Latino students at DU. Every year, 20 to 30 Latino students who do not meet the university’s admission requirements, due to a GPA and ACT score lower than 2.75 and 21 respectively, are admitted through Transitions.

This is one of three Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) programs in Chicago. It is the only BSW program of its kind in a Midwest college with a bilingual curriculum. The BSW program started in response to a need for bilingual social workers in local agencies, and a more empowered Latino community. A 2004 Survey by the National Association of Social Workers, found only 4% of licensed Social Work respondents in Illinois were Hispanic.

The ENLACE Fellows initiative 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.

An in-depth research study  found that, although several academic programs were available in Waukegan, none included parents in their programming. Waukegan to College (W2C) began with bi-lingual one-on-one counseling and workshops for parents and students. Tutoring and mentoring were added later that year.

The Hispanic Center of Excellence (HCOE) was established in 1991 to address the severe shortage of Latinos in medicine. The Center aims to develop an educational pipeline from high school to medical school faculty. The HCOE sponsors pre-college programs such as the Medicina Academy Apprentice Program and the Latino Health Science Enrichment Program.

INSPIRE is a pipeline program that provides Hispanic high school students the opportunity to engage in hands-on biomedical original research with faculty advisors and graduate student mentors. Students learn laboratory techniques, bioethics, experimental design, and data entry and analysis at a graduate-level institution.

In 1975, the Latin American Recruitment and Educational Services (LARES) Program was founded within the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) to address the growing educational needs of the Latino community, including student access, and degree completion. LARES has an established track record of developing the program’s innovative recruitment and retention strategies that have contributed to UIC’s leadership in Latino education.

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