I've come to notice on every form I fill out related to the college process, there is a separate box asking an easy yes/no question: Are you Hispanic/Latino?
Now, I am a Brazilian-American, and according to the college board definition, fully eligible to check that box. By almost every other definition, I am not Hispanic, because I speak Portuguese, not Spanish. Depending on which source you go by, Brazilians are usually not Latinos. I've spoken to my counselor and decided I will check that box, despite my doubts on the formal definition.
So my question is: why is there a separate box for Hispanics and Latinos? The option is available under ethnicity, so why give it its own box? If Hispanic/Latino, why not have a box for first generation Europeans? I checked the numbers for the schools I'm looking at and they are a mere 5% Latino. I'd assume they'd want to bring that number up, so am I looking at a better chance and is that eagerness to stack the statistics manifested in this separate box?