I have succeeded in bringing to Bergen Community College this winter after four years’ investment in working through the logistics of making it happen, the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI) College Leadership Development Program (CLDP). This a nationally proven tool for increasing college completion and student success, support greatly needed at Bergen, where:
- Latinos comprise 33% of the overall student population of 34,000 students AND
- Latinos are about 25% of each graduating class in the past 5 years BUT
- Only 14% of BCC Latino students complete Associate Degrees within a 3 year timeframe; slightly less than
- New Jersey state’s average for Latino student community college completion – at only 17.1% within 3 years.
CLDP Participants are raising funds for travel to Chicago for the USHLI national conference in February and for expenses to complete our last three CLDP sessions. Please help us.
As the first crop of Bergen CLDP participants, we will receive scholarships to USHLI’s national conference in February, but our group must fundraise for travel to Chicago and lodging. We also need refreshments for our two remaining evening workshops at the college; and both venue and meals for our all day Sunday workshop, which will be held off campus as BCC closes on Sundays. We need to raise $12,000 to cover expenses for 27 people.
Please read our Sponsorship Appeal and help us circulate it widely. We’ll be happy to receive any donation, large or small. Please reach me through the contact info listed in the letter to discuss or tweet me.