Latinos are the fastest growing minority population in the United States. In Oregon, Latinos account for 12% of the population and in 2010, Latinos accounted for 6.4% of the population of Benton County (7.4% for the city of Corvallis). In spite of the federal guarantee of access to K-12 education, Latino students still experience a dropout rate that is substantially higher than white non-Hispanic youth. A recent report by the Oregon Department of Education found that Latinos in Corvallis have a high school graduation rate of 56.9%. Also, Latino students in Benton County have much higher than average rate of harassment related to race/ethnic origin than the county and state averages. In addition, Latino students are more likely to live in poverty. Latino families have a median household income that is 17%
lower than the national median income for Latino households, and 33% lower than the Benton County median household income.
Using a mixed-methods approach, Casa Latinos Unidos de Benton County (CLUBC), in consultation with the Corvallis School District, conducted a formative evaluation of educational expectations, experiences, and future directions among Latino parents, students, and educators in Corvallis. …
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