How Latin American Universities are Increasing Access for Indigenous Communities
IAUP President, Dr. Fernando León García, was featured in a recent article by Times Higher Education regarding how Latin American universities are increasing access for indigenous communities, transcending beyond conventional scholarship offerings.
The article states that efforts include classes taught in indigenous languages, mentorship opportunities, and the establishment of new centers in areas with significant indigenous populations; and despite historically low participation levels, progress is being made. It emphasizes a new national university specializing in indigenous languages is set to open this year in Mexico, as existing universities are also expanding their initiatives.
León-García shared that merely providing financial support is insufficient; comprehensive strategies are required for success. He highlighted the importance of universities supporting students through their academic journey, ensuring diverse faculty representation, and addressing the issue of diversity in senior leadership positions. Through collaborative efforts with indigenous communities, Latin American universities are striving to create inclusive and empowering educational environments for all students.
View the article here.