Nearly all college students encounter difficulties at some point throughout their time in college. In addition to the difficulties encountered by the majority of college students, Latina/o college students might encounter unique challenges that are connected to their minority status on campus as well as the population at large.
Some of the challenges that Latina/o college students may face include:
Perceiving the university environment as unwelcoming
Balancing between family obligations and academic/extracurricular demands
Maintaining motivation to persist to graduation in the face of obstacles and barriers
Low confidence in one’s abilities to succeed in college
Limited financial resources
Distress resulting from experiences of discrimination and/or prejudice
Exploring one’s identity with regard to ethnicity, race, gender, and sexual orientation
Stress related to navigating both U.S. American values and customs and those from one’s culture of origin
These challenges are normal for Latina/o college students adjusting to the campus environment. To assist you in coping with these challenges, you might consider using the resources below:
Center for Student Diversity (University Union, Room 313). The Center for Student Diversity supports the access and academic success of historically under-represented groups through programs and services that enhance the student experience. Santiago Solis is the Senior Director of the Center and leads the Latina/o Student Development area. For more information, visit the center website.
Career Center (7800 York Road, Suite 206; phone 410-704-2233). Contact the Career Center for resources and assistance with choosing a major, making career decisions, and developing connections to the world of work. For more information, visit the center website.
Academic Achievement Center (Cook Library). The Academic Achievement Center is a full-service learning center designed to assist students achieve their academic goals. The Center offers tutoring, workshops, academic coaching, and placement testing. For more information, refer to the center website.
Towson University Counseling Center (Glen Esk, phone 410-704-2512). For support as you adjust to Towson or for mental health services call or visit the Towson University Counseling Center. For more information, refer to the center website