Best Practices for Teaching First-Generation Latino Students: A Practical Workshop

Partnered Conference

Best Practices for Teaching First-Generation Latino Students: A Practical Workshop

| San Jose, Costa Rica,
May 21, 2017 - June 01, 2017

Deborah Berho, PhD
Program Director
Latin American Studies Program
Council for Christian Colleges and Universities


Best Practices for Teaching First-Generation Latino Students:  A Practical Workshop
Building First-Generation Latino Student Success in the Classroom

Given current demographic trends, the key to the future is becoming campuses that welcome more ethnically diverse student populations. More Latinos are graduating from high school than any other group – including anglo– but Latinos continue to lag in college retention and graduation rates. Many are the first in their families to attend college, and at many campuses, they are a new demographic. As CCCU campuses continue to expand in student diversity and welcome increasing numbers of Latino students, we need to be prepared to serve their needs well both on theological and practical grounds.
This 10-day workshop for CCCU faculty includes homestays, Spanish instruction in the mornings, and  afternoon workshops that provide both research findings and hands-on practical steps for designing and implementing programs that serve our first-generation Latino students and their families. In addition, there will be an excursion to the Arenal volcano and hot springs.

Faculty members from CCCU institutions
Note: Due to space constraints, participation will be limited to 16-20 faculty members, with no more than two participants from a single campus.


CCCU BestSemester Latin American Studies Program, San Jose, Costa Rica

Hosting this workshop in Costa Rica and providing homestays will allow participants the opportunity to interact with a new culture and get a sense of the cultural dislocation that some Latino students and families feel when stepping onto our campuses, which we hope produces rich learning opportunities and discussion. The CCCU BestSemester Latin American Studies Program will provide our meeting facilities and their faculty and staff will host and coordinate the workshop.

$950 USD

What is included in the registration fee?
-Airport pickup evening of May 21; return transportation to airport after 12 pm June 1
-Orientation and Re-entry sessions
-lodging, 3 meals a day and laundry service with a host family May 21-May 31 (except for excursion dates)
-2 night, 3 day excursion to Arenal Volcano recreational area (transportation, triple or cuadruple hotel lodging, breakfast, entrance to Baldi Hotsprings)
-Spanish classes and materials
-Best Practices sessions and materials
What is not included?
-International transportation
-meals other than breakfast during weekend excursion to Arenal area
Do I need a visa to travel to Costa Rica?
No, U.S. citizens will be issued a 90-day tourist visa upon entry to Costa Rica at the airport.  But you DO need a valid passport!