Being a role model is nothing new for students at the University of Houston's Academic Achievers program. Most are the first in their family to go to college, and they know their younger siblings and classmates are watching. "We have to set a good example," said Eva Briones, 22. But the expectations are about to rise.
Briones and five other UH students are at Harvard University this week for a program with the lofty goal of creating a new generation of Latino leaders. It is the first time Harvard's Kennedy School of Government has focused on Latino leadership, a recognition of how quickly the population is growing.
"Minority leadership is going to be the next big thing," said Dario Collado, a program manager at the Kennedy School. A decade after Texas higher education leaders began working to increase the number of Latinos who enter college, the emphasis is evolving. Now it's also about ensuring that more Latinos stay in school and earn a degree, and that they are prepared to help those who come after.READ FULL STORY