Latino/a Identity

Latinx (i.e., gender neutral term for Latino/a) students at Towson University come from diverse cultural, national, linguistic, and racial origins. Individuals in this community belong to varying racial groups, speak different languages and have cultural ties to many different countries.

Latina Identity

For some, being Latinx is a central aspect of who they are while others may find other identities are more salient (e.g. race, religion, immigration status, social class, sexual orientation, etc.).  Latinx is a term primarily used in the United States and encompasses a broad variety of cultural backgrounds and nationalities. Therefore the experiences of members of this heterogeneous community vary widely. 

Some of the unique experiences of Latinx students include:

  • Holding U.S. American values/customs as well Latin American cultural values
  • Skills as bilingual and/or bicultural individuals
  • Understanding one’s Latinx identity in a predominantly White institution (PWI)
  • Having fewer Latinx role models in positions of power
  • Stereotypes or assumptions about the Latinx community 
  • Being a first generation college student or citizen
  • Distress resulting from experiences of discrimination and/or prejudice

Clinicians at the Counseling Center recognize the importance of cultural identities and their impact on your mental well-being.  They can therefore be a great resource.

Below we outline a variety of other resources, both on and off-campus, that can support you through these experiences.

Resources

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. Joel Bolling is the Senior Director of the Center and leads the Latina/o/x Student Development area.

CAREER CENTER

7800 York road, Suite 206

Contact the Career Center for resources and assistance with choosing a major, making career decisions, and developing connections to the world of work.

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.

Counseling Center

Ward & West

For support and/or mental health services call or visit the Towson University Counseling Center.

CASA DE MARYLAND

A group of passionate, community-conscious people working to organize, advocate for, and expand opportunities for Latino and immigrant people in the state of Maryland. "We envision a future where we stand in our own power, our families live free from discrimination and fear, and our diverse communities thrive as we work with our partners to achieve full human rights for all."

CASA de Maryland has community centers across Maryland. Find one near you today!

Salud es Vida Bilingual health Hotline - 301-270-8432

Hours:

8AM - 8 PM, Monday-Friday

LATIN AMERICAN NETWORK INFORMATION CENTER

This online resources offers a wide variety of resources including scholarships, recreation, news, and culture! Check out this amazing website if you do not see something from the above resources that fit your needs.