David J. León, Ph.D. 
Lecture and Book Signing

Latinos in Higher Education

Latinos in Higher Education

About the Book:

America faces a serious challenge: the looming surge in Latino college enrollment. Latinos are now the largest minority in the United States, accounting for 12 percent of the population. Yet their presence is scarce in higher education, just 1.7 percent of first-time, full-time students in American public universities in 1998 are Latino.

Because of the evolving demographics, Latinos will make up an increasingly greater percentage of prospective and potential applicants to higher education programs. Will postsecondary institutions be ready for this wave? Can the community colleges accommodate it, and if not, what steps should four-year institutions take? And how can Latinos themselves increase their presence in higher education? Ultimately, it is not enough for Latinos to attend the colleges. They must also become part of the colleges. Will distance learning boost their enrollment in graduate programs? How can they increase their numbers among faculty and administrators?

The answers to these questions will affect our whole society, and Latinos in Higher Education addresses those questions. The volume has three main sections: Demographics and Demand, The Crossover to College, and Rising in Academia. The first section focuses on the growing Latino demand for higher education in this country. The second examines the means of getting Latinos over the gap between high school and college. And the third treats routes to careers as faculty and administrators. Like most major phenomena, the issue of Latinos in US education has many facets, and each chapter explores and illuminates a new one.

About Lessons in Leadership:

Dr. León will also present from his book, Lessons in Leadership: Executive Leadership Programs for Advancing Diversity in Higher Education.

A largely unseen phenomenon is shaping the direction of higher education today: the growth of leadership programs. These programs are hidden ladders that help the talented move up toward university presidencies. Their number and importance are rapidly increasing, and they will more and more determine who makes decisions in higher education. We need to know more about them.

Lessons in Leadership is the first book to address them directly, highlighting their histories and achievements. In it, the directors of most major programs in the country describe their focus, curriculum, and participants reactions. The book especially spotlights programs aimed at minorities, since they stand to benefit most from them and since their participation will likely have the greatest impact on U.S. higher education.

About the Author:

Dr. León is the Chair of the Ethnic Studies Department and Director of Chicano Studies at California State University, Sacramento. He received in Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, his M.A. in sociology from the University of California, Riverside, and his B.A. in sociology from California State University, Long Beach. Dr. León edited Latinos in Higher Education, for JAI/Ablex Press, and is the author of the monograph, Mentoring Minorities in Higher Education: Passing the Torch, for the National Education Association. Previous teaching assignments include UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and California State University, Fresno. Dr. Leon is currently serving on CSU Chancellor Charles Reed's Advisory Committee on Latinos.

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Latinos in Higher Education

Thursday, November 9, 2006
Reception: 12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
University Union, Lobby Suite
Light refreshments will be served.
Lecture and Book Signing: 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
University Union, Hinde Auditorium