Media Advisory

UnidosUS to Host a Panel on New Report About the Latino Experience in College

April 18, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC—Please join UnidosUS (formerly NCLR) on Tuesday, April 24, from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. EST, for the release of a new report, “It Made the Sacrifices Worth It”: The Latino Experience in Higher Education, on the challenges that Latino students face when enrolling in, attending and paying for college, followed by a discussion with policy analysts and higher-education experts on the report’s key findings. Based on in-depth interviews with thirty Latino college graduates from a variety of backgrounds and six U.S. cities, this first-of-its-kind study, co-authored with researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Center for Community Capital, offers insights on what Latino and first-generation students are up against and how lawmakers, education officials and institutions can better meet their needs and help them succeed.

Student debt and the struggles of first-generation students are not new issues, but as college costs keep rising and Latinos attend college in greater numbers, they are increasingly pressing ones. For the sake of those students and our nation’s economic future—which depends heavily on having a highly educated workforce—it’s essential that we confront those issues, improve access to higher education and ensure that a college education lives up to its promise as an affordable opportunity for all.

Interested media should RSVP to Gabriela Montell at or (202) 776-1768.


WHAT: UnidosUS Forum on the Latino Experience in Higher Education
WHEN:Tuesday, April 24, 2018
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. EST 
ABC Room
1126 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
WHO:Introductory Remarks:
Eric Rodriguez, Vice President, Policy and Advocacy, UnidosUS
Report Findings: 
Samantha Vargas Poppe, Associate Director, Policy Analysis Center, UnidosUS
Jess Dorrance, Senior Project Manager, UNC Center for Community Capital
Julia Barnard, Research Associate, UNC Center for Community Capital 
Panel of Experts:    
Allie Aguilera, Policy and Government Affairs Manager, Young Invincibles
Wil Del Pilar, Vice President of Higher Education Policy and Practice, Ed Trust
Katherine Saunders, Senior Research Associate, United Negro College Fund
Lorén Trull, Senior Policy Advisor, Education Policy, UnidosUS

UnidosUS, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza), is the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. Through its unique combination of expert research, advocacy, programs, and an Affiliate Network of nearly 300 community-based organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico, UnidosUS simultaneously challenges the social, economic, and political barriers that affect Latinos at the national and local levels. For 50 years, UnidosUS has united communities and different groups seeking common ground through collaboration, and that share a desire to make our country stronger. For more information on UnidosUS, visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.