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April 15, 2004
DH 04 TK030
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Conference on the Retention of Latino Students in Higher Education Set for California State University, Dominguez Hills

“Latino Contributions 2004: Projecting Into The Future ”

Carson, CA – The 9th Annual Latino Student Retention Conference at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH), is set for Friday, April 16 from 8:15 a.m. – 2:50 p.m. in the Loker University Student Union. Under the theme, “Projecting Into The Future,” the conference is being held to draw attention to the high dropout rate of Latino/Latina students and to identify ways of increasing retention rates for these students.

Recent retention literature suggests Latinos are attending colleges and universities at higher rates nationwide than at any other time, according to Monica Rosas-Baines, Ph.D., clinical psychologist at CSUDH and planning committee member for the conference. Concurrently, she said, Latino students continue to lag behind other ethnic minorities and Anglo students in most academic fields.

“The goal of this conference is to highlight issues and identify solutions regarding low retention and graduation rates of our Latino students,” said Rosas-Baines. “I’m very excited about this year’s conference because rather than simply reporting dismal statistics, we’ll hold discussions by dedicated educators and staff members from Cal State Dominguez Hills and sister universities who are committed to developing creative programs to address the high dropout rate of Latino students.”

Among many discussion themes for this conference are parental involvement in higher education, family influences on Hispanic youth’s academic aspiration and achievement and the human services academy, which focuses on closing the achievement gap for Latino students. Also, Laura I. Rendon, Ph.D., Veffie Milstead Jones Endowed Chair and professor, Teacher Education Department and Educational Psychology, Administration, & Counseling Department, CSU Long Beach, will be recognized for her life’s achievements in education.

Students will also be able to participate in sessions designed to help them write effective university-level essays and examine how to be successful learners during the conference.

The public is encouraged to attend. Registration for the conference, which includes a luncheon, is $30 and can be paid for at the door in CSUDH’s Loker University Student Union. For further information, contact Julie Sandoval at (310) 243-2819.

CSU Dominguez Hills is located at 1000 E. Victoria Street in Carson. Visit the university Web site at for complete information on campus curriculum and activities.

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April 15, 2004, 4:40 pm, by Stephanie Brown (sb)