[EDEQUITY Equity Now] Making a difference in the Latino community

From: Tinajero, Josefina V. (tinajero@utep.edu)
Date: Thu May 30 2002 - 10:35:06 EDT

A study of the MD participants found about 7 years ago that our girls had
lower dropout rates, higher GPAs, higher incidence of participation in
honors courses, and lower pregnancy rates than the comparison group. We
and have, made a difference with the Latino community in El Paso. Josie

Dr. Josie Villamil Tinajero
Associate Dean, College of Education
The University of Texas at El Paso
500 W. University Avenue
El Paso, Texas 79902
(915) 747-5552 Office Phone
(915) 747-5572 Secretary's Phone
(915) 747-5755 FAX

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From: Emile Rosenberg [mailto:RosenbergE@k12.Waltham.ma.us]
Subject: [EDEQUITY Equity Now]Latino community and gender equity

I am heartened by the work you have described. The Latino community on the
East Coast faces similar challenges of higher than average dropout rates,
lower than average scores on state achievement tests and narrow career
aspirations. On the positive side, the pride our students exhibit in their
language and culture is to be respected and valued. One subtle issue that
has arisen with our immigrant families from most of the Central American
countries is tremendous pressure on our girls to marry young and have
children young (babies having babies). This is a difficult problem which
we are trying to address with local community activists, clergy and

Emile Rosenberg
Assistant Superintendent of Waltham Public Schools

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