The Latino Education Opportunities Panel included:
- Alberto Monserrate, President of Latino Communications Network and Chair of Minneapolis Public Schools Board
- Juve Meza, Citizens League Program Assistant and Young Latino Community leader
- Elia Bruggeman, Assistant Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Education
- Jesse Bethke-Gomez, Vice President of University Advancement at Metro State University
Garcia began by explaining the challenges in education Minnesota’s Latinos face. He highlighted the paradox of how Minnesota is known as a highly philanthropic state, yet we continue to see Latino students not graduating high school and continuing to college.
The panel agreed that solving this education gap requires focusing on students at a young age and working as a community (i.e.churches, businesses, chambers, schools, etc.) to engage parents to influence their children at a young age to work hard to graduate high school and hopefully continue through to higher education.
“All children have an infinite capacity to learn,” said Jesse Bethke-Gomez. “Success in America is through education.” He stated it is our responsibility as a community to help provide children and their parents the resources to succeed as a Latino in Minnesota.
The panel concluded that we must work as a community to help fill this skills gap. Juve Mesa wrapped up his speech by commenting that what’s good for Latino students is good for all communities as a whole.
This is the second year Globe University has hosted a panel at the Woodbury, Minn., campus focusing on the Latino education skills gap with Hector Garcia. As a higher education institution, Globe is dedicated to helping fill this education skills gap by hosting panels such as these and spreading the awareness in Minnesota that there is a skills gap.