Diversity, Social Justice, and the Educational Leader


As the new century approached in 2000, educational leaders, practitioners, and researchers were continuing to understand the educational experiences of the fastest growing student population in the United States – Latina/os. Knowledge on factors influencing outcomes for this group were produced to inform educators. However, Latina/os continue to face barriers and challenges at all levels in their pursuit of educational opportunity, especially in higher education. The significance of the demographic shifts Latina/os bring to education should give educators a sense of urgency to better understand cultural factors that impact Latina/o student success. This paper will provide an overview of the academic literature just prior to and immediately after the new century to help understand specific cultural factors on socialization, involvement, and advancement of Latina/o college students at predominantly white institutions (PWI’s).