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La Familia and Other Secret Ingredients to Latinx Student Success

Jennifer M. Matos

Almost like a well-kept family recipe, there exists in education secret ingredients into what makes Latinx students successful. La Familia and Other Secret Ingredients to Latinx Student Success demonstrates how Latinx parents, a well-kept secret ingredient, assist with the academic success of Latinx students at all educational levels. Understanding the power of this secret ingredient—and how to use it—can have a profound impact on success for Latinxs students and can be used as a model for how to work with and support students from all marginalized groups. La Familia and Other Secret Ingredients to Latinx Student Success is suitable for educators at all levels. This book can be used in general education and teacher preparation courses, ethnic studies courses, training for individuals in helping professions, or to launch exciting new dialogue.

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Chapter 6. Manifestations of Cultural Capital: Participants at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst



Manifestations of Cultural Capital

Participants at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst

The University of Massachusetts (UMASS) at Amherst campus is part of the state’s University system, which consists of five universities and has approximately 24,000 students. This would make the student population 10 times bigger than Smith College. UMASS is situated in the small town of Amherst, and former home to Emily Dickinson that offers coffee shops, restaurants, bars, bookstores, and a small movie theater. The university was founded in 1863 originally intended to be a land-grant agricultural college. At its inception, the curriculum included liberal arts, farming, science, and technical courses. There were four faculty members and 56 students enrolled.

In 1892 UMASS admitted its first female student and graduate degrees were instated. In 1947 it went from being a college to becoming a University and this change was reflected in the broader curriculum, facilities, and larger student population. The UMASS student population seemed to reflect the political climate of the United States. After World War II with veterans returning home, there was a growth in enrollment and a growth in the facilities to support the 4,000 students enrolled there in 1954. In the 1960s as “Baby Boomers” were able to enroll in the university, enrollment grew to 10,500. UMASS students would initiate a protest of the political climate of the day that resulted in a takeover of the main administration building. By the end of...

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