As I close my eyes and drift away to a land where there is love, health, peace, and blessings. I wanted to take the time to think and reflect.
I have written / researched alot about the Hispanic / Latino/a experience in higher education. The fact that I have written about the various findings or concerns has not made the disparities go away, change higher education policy, or the improvements for equitable practice. Although there are organizations, non-governmental, non-profit, and for-profit, who are working at their best to serve the needs of the Hispanic / Latino/a communities, documented and undocumented. I also realize that Hispanic / Latino/a communities are not the only ones who face prejudices, assumptions, or stereotyping at the higher education level. You could be any person of minority but still face these, but these thoughts should not negate my previous idea or desired aspiration of seeing minority and majority working and living together in harmony.
Being met with an attitude is only one of the systemic hurdles that one must cross. There are also other attitudes of why are you here? Why are you doing what you are doing? Individuals who are critical want to know why you are doing what you are doing. Are you really invested in the idea of learning at higher levels?
My response to this is yes, and it would be a yes for all who walk through the doors, virtual or at the physical level. Every student who desires the path of learning should be given an equal chance to learn. Finance or monetary aims should not be viewed as the only motivator. Money does not motivate everyone, but it gives a person the capacity to learn. A peace of mind as one seeks to learn. Unfortunately we do live in an era where if you want to learn higher and higher, there are costs involved. And there are systems who have manipulated funding formulas, to make it more difficult to attain the financial resources to fully fund educational goals.
Gaining access to education requires funding. The socio-economic stressors add additional stressors to the academic pursuit, which is truly unfortunate for those who are vested in learning, intellectual, personal development and research which inevitably gives back to society and communities.