Latina/o Studies Working Group Sparks New Initiative at Rutgers University–Newark


Rutgers University | RU-N has had the most diverse student body in the U.S. for 18 consecutive years, according to U.S. News and World Report. Part of that heterogeneity comes from its Hispanic full-time undergraduate population, which grew to 25 percent by the end of last year, making RU-N eligible for designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HIS) under Title V of the Higher Education Act. It's no surprise, then, that a new initiative is underway at RU-N—the Latina/o Studies Working Group (LSWG)—aimed at building a scholarly and cultural foundation for both students and faculty alike, while forging ties with community partners in Newark, other parts of New Jersey, and the greater New York metropolitan area.