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March 29, 2002
Contact: Thomas Knox
(310) 243-3367


Conference on the Retention of Latino Students in Higher Education
Takes Center Stage at California State University, Dominguez Hills

"Adelante! Strategies for Success at the University and Beyond"

Carson, CA - The 8th Annual Latino Student Retention Conference will take place on Friday, April 19, from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. in the Loker University Student Union at California State University, Dominguez Hills. The purpose of the conference is to deal with issues and solutions regarding the intolerable high drop out rate of Latinos/Chicanos at the university level nationwide. Noted researchers from throughout California will present valuable information as to the cause of the dropout rate as well as introduce successful models for increasing the graduation rate for Latino students.

Latest census data show that the Latino population in the United States is growing at a very rapid rate. However, there is still an under-representation of this group among university graduates. "A successful graduate benefits the entire country," said Dr. Miguel Dominguez, professor of foreign languages, chair of the CSUDH Department of Foreign Languages and co-chair of the Retention Conference Planning Committee. "University graduates earn more money and contribute more to the economy," he added.

Panel discussions headed by esteemed Latino educators include:
§ Mental Health Issues Facing Latino Students at CSUDH - Dr. Monica Rosas-Baines, CSUDH, counseling psychologist
§ Students' Experience with Diversity: Effects on Self-concept, College Satisfaction, Retention and Awareness Acceptance of Similarities and Differences - Dr. Connie White-Betz, counseling psychologist and Dr. Michael G. Laurent, CSUDH, counseling psychologist
§ What Factors Affect Mexican-American Adolescents' College Attendance - Dr. Maria Hurtado-Ortiz, assistant professor of psychology
§ USC El Centro Chicano: Building Support Networks for Latino Students - Raquel Torres-Retana and Gabriela Lopez, University of Southern California.

Admission for the conference, which includes a luncheon, is $30. Contact Julie Sandoval at (310) 243-2819 for ticket information. The public is welcome to attend this special conference on the retention of Latino students in higher education.

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