Institute for Latino Educational Achievement

The Institute for Latino Educational Achievement (ILEA) is the research arm of the Center for Intercultural and International Education (CIIE) at Goshen College. The research agenda of the institute is focused on factors that impact the academic success of Latino students in higher education settings, particularly in small liberal arts colleges in the Midwest.

Key activities

  • Research on educational pathways for Latino students culminating in a higher education degree.
  • Community based assessment and evaluation of Latino serving programs and initiatives
  • Faculty/student research

Staff members and facilities

  • Ross Peterson-Veatch, director of curriculum, teaching and faculty development
  • Rocio Diaz, multicultural outreach community liaison

Current and planned research

  • Three-part series titled “Latinos in Northern Indiana”
  • Faculty and Students of Color in Council of Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU)
  • Latino ethnically-rooted leadership development

The Institute for Latino Educational Achievement (ILEA) is one of the programs of the Center for Intercultural and International Education (CIIE). ILEA provides a structure for organizing research on Latino educational achievement. There is a strong interrelationship between CIIE’s broad umbrella of internal and external programs, which are designed to fulfill its mission of “Global Citizenship at Home.”

Current and planned programs

  • Student Leadership Program – Four-Year Model
  • Young Minority Leaders Network
  • Parents as Educators

Explanation of the institute’s “Transformation from Theory to Action” statement

“Intersection of higher education and race/culture”

Findings from research will be used to improve educational practices at Goshen College that impact the academic success of Latino students. Research results also will influence policies, structures and programs across campus and be disseminated to other colleges and universities.

The role of undergraduate/graduate students in the institute

Undergraduate and graduate students along with faculty and research associates will participate in the institute’s research agenda through individual, group and class projects related to Latino student educational achievement.

Why the institute matters

Improving the educational success of Latino students is a relevant issue locally, regionally and globally. It also propels us to further our vision of being an influential leader in liberal arts education focusing on international, intercultural, interdisciplinary, and integrative teaching and learning. The Latino population continues to grow across the United States and it is imperative that the factors leading to their academic achievement be both identified and put into practice in higher education institutions.

Contact Info

If you have questions about the Institute for Latino Educational Achievement, contact Gilberto Perez.

Gilberto Perez

Senior Director of Intercultural Development and Educational Partnerships