Latino Scholarship Dinner to celebrate leadership and accomplishments of GC’s Latino students

Who: Business, community, education and Latino leaders at Goshen College

What: The third Goshen College Latino Scholarship Dinner, which will be a celebration of the leadership and accomplishments of GC’s Latino students and efforts to increase community support for them. We’ll celebrate with a meal and music by Latitude, a South Bend group. Former State Rep. Rebecca Espinoza Kubacki will serve as the emcee and there will be speeches by Goshen College President Rebecca J. Stoltzfus and Isaac Torres, founder and president of InterCambio Express of Elkhart. Also speaking: Karina E. Flores, a 2017 GC graduate (B.A., broadcasting) and a multimedia journalist with WNDU-TV, South Bend; Jorge Soto, a junior chemistry major; Lizeth Ochoa, a sophomore TESOL secondary education major; and Thalia Osorio, a junior nursing major.

When: Friday, June 1, 2018, 7-9 p.m.

Where: The Fellowship Hall of College Mennonite Church on campus.

Why it matters: Elkhart County, and especially Goshen are undergoing a demographic transformation. Latinos comprise 6.8 percent of Indiana’s population, 15.5 percent of the population in Elkhart County and 30 percent of Goshen’s population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In addition, Latinos make up 53.5 percent of students enrolled in the Goshen Community Schools, 36.8 percent in Concord schools and 33.2 percent in Elkhart.

That growth has not been lost on Goshen College, which has undergone its own demographic transformation. During fall 2017, 43 percent of undergraduate students were minority or international students (from 26 countries), compared with 17.7 percent in 2005-2006. Also last fall, Latinos make up 23 percent of traditional undergraduate students, compared with 4 percent 12 years ago, and the college’s first-year class was 32 percent Latino.

In additional to increasing access, Goshen College has had success in retaining and graduating Latinos. Goshen College’s five-year average of retention (fall to fall) for Latino students in the most recent reporting period (2012-2016) was 65 percent, compared with 78 percent overall. Goshen’s six-year average (2008-2014) of graduating Latino students over six-years in the most recent reporting period was 71 percent, compared with 66 percent overall.

News media representatives are invited to cover the dinner, interview Goshen College students and other speakers and learn more about the college’s efforts to become an intercultural and international teaching and learning community with an increasingly diverse enrollment.

If you have any questions, please contact the Communications and Marketing Office at (574) 535-7569 or by emailing commar@goshen.edu.

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