Breaking Down Barriers for Latino Families

College bound.

Few phrases make parents more proud. For many parents, planning for their children’s higher education commences before they enter high school.

But some families face more barriers than others.

Among the biggest hurdles facing our nation’s Latino immigrant families? Researchers at UNCG have found that parents who experience language barriers – or don’t understand how U.S. schools work – don’t know how to best participate in their children’s education, even if they have big dreams for them.

Since her arrival at UNCG in 2009, Dr. Laura Gonzalez has focused on understanding the Latino immigrant community and using what she learns to help parents and their children. The associate professor in the Department of Counseling and Educational Development began collaborating with Dr. Gabriella Stein, associate professor of clinical psychology. Their interviews with Latino adolescents about their experiences in schools and at home informed Gonzalez’s current outreach program, Padres Promoviendo Preparación.

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