hispanic/latino presence at ND

<p>I just recently visited ND in the spring and fell in love with the school. However, I got the impression that the hispanic/latino community on campus can be hard to find. Does anyone know of any networks or anything since there is no theme housing? Thanks! =)</p>

<p>Hello -- the following article from the Observer is a bit old but it will give you some information, and some ideas for further research. The admissions web site lists Andrea Mondragon as the Hispanic Recruitment Coordinator. If you haven't spoken to her she would be a good person to start with. Good luck!</p>

<p>ND ranked high for Hispanic students
By: Karen Langley
Posted: 4/19/06
A premier Hispanic American magazine ranked Notre Dame No. 13 on its 2006 listing of the "Top 25 Colleges for Latinos" - the fourth time the University has achieved a berth on the rankings since their debut in 1999.</p>

<p>Hispanic Magazine's March issue featured the ranking, which is based upon each school's academic excellence, student-to-faculty ratio, percentages of Hispanic faculty and students, cultural programs and availability of financial aid, among other factors.</p>

<p>University President Father John Jenkins noted Notre Dame's strong appeal to Hispanics in his Oct. 11 address to the faculty. Jenkins said that compared to other top 20 universities, Notre Dame has had better-than-average growth in Hispanic faculty and student body.</p>

<p>Assistant Provost for Admissions Dan Saracino said such growth is promising, but in itself insufficient.</p>

<p>"[Growth] should be excellent," he said. "And we're not there yet. Notre Dame, as an outstanding Catholic university, should be a great place for Hispanic scholars and students whose faith is important to them."</p>

<p>Hispanic students currently comprise nine percent of the undergraduate student body, and Saracino said the Office of Admissions hopes 11 percent of the incoming freshman class will be Hispanic. The recent admissions decisions resulted in the acceptance of 443 of the 1,199 Hispanic applicants, he said.</p>

<p>The Office of Admissions employs counselors to work specifically with underrepresented ethnic minority students, including Hispanic, African-American, Asian-American and Native American students. Saracino noted the special need to improve recruitment of African-American, Asian-American and Native American students.</p>

<p>"I believe we can still be successful in recruiting [these students]," he said. "We just need to work harder."</p>

<p>Notre Dame's Catholic affiliation gives Hispanics a "natural affinity" to the University, Saracino said. He added that though fewer African-American and Asian-American families are specifically Catholic, Notre Dame can still reach out to the religious nature of many of these families.</p>

<p>Saracino said Notre Dame's appeal to Hispanic applicants has increased significantly over the past 10 years. He noted the increasing number of Hispanics in the student body and surrounding community, as well as the cultural presence shown in the campus mariachi band and weekly Spanish language Mass.</p>

<p>Notre Dame's success in recruiting underrepresented minorities has also grown as a result of the University's 1998 decision to meet 100 percent of students' financial aid, Saracino said.</p>

<p>"If a student is outstanding enough to gain admission - no matter what their race, ethnicity or socio-economic background - we can make it happen," he said.</p>

<p>Gilda Hernandez, president of the campus Hispanic group La Alianza, said Notre Dame's attempts to diversify its student body may lead Hispanic applicants to look more favorably upon the University.</p>

<p>Hernandez was unsure if the ranking itself would have a substantive impact on Hispanic students, but said it might "offer ways to tend to the demands of the Latino community on campus."</p>

<p>She said the recruitment of more Hispanic faculty members or the library's acquisition of relevant books could be a positive result of the ranking.</p>

<p>All in all, Hernandez said Notre Dame's attempts to provide a positive environment for Hispanic students has met with some success.</p>

<p>"I think it tries to [improve the environment for Hispanic students,]" she said. "It is very much a work in progress."</p>

<p>She noted the positive impact of groups like the Institute for Latino Studies, which provides education about the U.S. Latino experience, and Latino Student Ministry, run through Campus Ministry.</p>

<p>Notre Dame's efforts to increase diversity in its student body will continue to play a pivotal role in the University's development, Saracino said.</p>

<p>"All students benefit from this commitment by Notre Dame," he said. "The environment is enriched by a highly-gifted and diverse student body."</p>

<p>From my experience, there is a fairly large Latino presence on campus. More than a third of the guys in my hallway are Latino, and they have Latino themed parties like every weekend (which are a lot of fun).</p>

<p>Maybe you didn't ostensibly see any Latinos because we were all still bundled up in spring. That and the fact that you can't always tell that someone is Latino just by looking at them.</p>

<p>Latinos are the largest minority group at Notre Dame, it's hard to walk into SDH and not hear Spanish being spoken. The Institute for Latino Studies is apparently a fairly well known center for the subject and they treat Latino students to free food and study lounges at finals (no love for black, white and Asian students?). I'm pretty sure that Latin Expressions sells out the Moreau Center every year. There's a MEChA chapter and something called La Alianza and I think even a Spanish Club, for what it's worth. Even then, cultural identity isn't the only way to find friends or support (although if you need to be in a cultural group, FASO is the best, hands down, and everyone here knows it so don't play games)</p>