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Latino Named Director Of New UConn Hartford Campus


Mark Overmyer-Velazquez stands in front of the sign at the UConn Hartford Campus. Photo credit: Ronni Newton/We-Ha.com

Mark Overmyer-Velazquez stands in front of the sign at the UConn Hartford Campus. Photo credit: Ronni Newton/We-Ha.com


The University of Connecticut vacated West Hartford in late August when it opened the new downtown campus in Hartford to great fanfare, but along with the move the campus gained a new leader with strong West Hartford roots.

Dr. Mark Overmyer-Velazquez, a UConn history professor who is also founding Director of El Instituto: Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean & Latin American Studies, was named director of UConn Hartford and assumed his new role on Aug. 23, the same day that the campus officially opened.

“This is so unbelievably exciting,” Overmyer-Velazquez said as, ...

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Some Connecticut Colleges And Universities Work To Increase Number of Latinos In Faculty And Administrators

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When Carmen Cid attended New York University in the 1970s, she recalls the enrollment was diverse, but not among the professors, especially in the field she was pursuing, a biology degree. There were no other Latinas to inspire and validate her choice of major.

While Cid, the daughter of a businessman and a music teacher who had immigrated to the U.S., was hard-pressed to find Latino role models as an undergraduate, she did encounter a sympathetic mentor who had been to Chile and seen women work in scientific research. So armed with a pair of waders for field work, she got her bachelor’s degree and headed to Michigan ...

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6 College Scholarships Latinos Should Apply To Right Now

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Between 1993 and 2014, the enrollment of Latinos in college rose substantially. In 1993, only 22 percent of Latinos aged 18 to 24 attended either a two- or four-year college, according to Pew. By 2014, with about 2.3 million Latino students, the number jumped to 35 percent. And while enrollment for Latinos continues to grow, the cost of higher education can still prevent some from attending college or it may push others into taking on onerous loans.

Though the spring semester has just begun, it’s never too early to start thinking about summer and fall. That’s why we put together a list of scholarships meant to provide some


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