9/02 #Latism Party: Back to School: Latinos, Education and the Gap

Bring out your pen and paper and polish ‘em virtual apples!

Tonight on #LATISM, we’re going BACK TO SCHOOL!

As we enter a new era of global competition, advanced technology and changing demographics, few topics are more important to Latinos than Education, particularly Higher Education.

Just take a look at the latest numbers [according to the Pew Hispanic Center]

  • Some 41% of Hispanics ages 20 and older in the United States do not have a regular high school diploma [versus 23% of comparably aged blacks and 14% of whites]
  • Only 1 in 10 Hispanic high school dropouts has obtained a GED
  • Some 52% of foreign-born Latino adults are high school dropouts
  • As of 2008, Hispanic adults with a GED had a higher unemployment rate than Hispanic adults with a high school diploma—9% versus 7%

As America’s demographics shift and Latinos become “the mayority-minority”, it becomes imperative that we help ourselves, our fellow Latinos and our children become the next generation of leaders and highly skilled employees. That means raising the level of their achievement in knowledge and skills necessary to be successful adults and the chance of a better future.

So what is the culprit for the Education crisis?

What are the factors that exacerbate it?

Is there anything we can do to solve it?

Joining us tonight as special guests, the Team from The National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA)



The National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) was created in 1988 as a  non-profit organization. Widely known as the “Premier Hispanic Organization”, NSHMBA serves 32 chapters and 8,000 members in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. NSHMBA is focused on supporting the successful completion of advanced degrees by developing and delivering educational, professional and leadership development programs that prepare Hispanics for admittance into graduate management schools.


  • You’ll need a Twitter account (free) to join the party. If you don’t have one, you can sign up here.
  • Be sure to follow Elianne Ramos [@ergeekgoddess] before the party so you can follow the flow = When you get this many Latinos under one “cyber-roof”, it can get very crazy!
  • Also follow @ergeekgoddess1 [I tend to get into “tweetjail” for reaching my API limit].
  • When you get to the party, introduce yourself and junp right into the conversation!
  • Use the tag #latism in all of your party tweets.
  • Most importantly, HAVE FUN!



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