ERIC Number: ED361454
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
The Cleveland Hispanic Community and Education: A Struggle for Voice. Occasional Paper #9.
de Acosta, Martha
This paper analyzes the ways in which the Cleveland (Ohio) Hispanic community, made up mostly of Puerto Ricans, has been organizing to increase its involvement in the education of Hispanic youth. In particular, this paper focuses on the past 3 years when new styles of involvement were attempted. This involvement has taken the form of program development, partnership development, and mobilization, which are all focused on cultural sensitivity to the needs of these students, staff training, teaching and advising Hispanic students, funding for scholarships, remedial programs to assist at-risk students, and compiling data about Hispanic students. The paper looks at how Hispanics have identified needs, arrived at policy recommendations, attempted to gain access to individuals and bodies that make educational policy, built community coalitions, and developed their own leadership. These efforts have resulted in consolidation of an educational issues coalition and the creation of a Hispanic Steering Force at a local community college. In addition, the paper explores and analyzes how the positioning of the Hispanic community vis a vis other groups has led to specific positions in its struggle to improve the access of its youth to educational opportunities. (Contains 28 references.) (JB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Affirmative Action, Community Action, Community Cooperation, Community Influence, Community Involvement, Cultural Awareness, Disadvantaged Youth, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Higher Education, Hispanic American Students, Hispanic Americans, Language Minorities, Minority Groups, Puerto Ricans, School Community Relationship, Urban Education
Urban Child Research Center, Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH 44115.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Cleveland State Univ., OH. Urban Child Research Center.
Identifiers - Location: Ohio (Cleveland)