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Latino/a/x & Indigenous Student Success

The Latino/a/x and Indigenous* community in Oregon is diverse and complex. This community is multiracial, multilingual, and comprised of dozens of countries of origin each with its own unique culture and history. Language and terms used to describe this community like Latino, Latina, or Latinx invisibilize our indigenous and African/Black ancestry and at the same time are evolving to be inclusive of non-binary gender individuals.

In Oregon, Latino/a/x and Indigenous* make up nearly one in four students and are the largest nonwhite population in the state, and this number only continues to grow. Latino/a/x and Indigenous* students are already a majority population (over 50%) in ten school districts across the state. This plan is critical in building understanding of this population and addressing strategies for educational success.

The Latino/a/x and Indigenous* Student Success Plan seeks to address historic and current systemic inequities experienced by Latino/a/x and Indigenous* students through focused investments and partnerships with community based organizations, school districts, early learning providers, and higher education. The plan centers equity and community by ensuring those closest to the problem help develop and design the solutions. Through this effort, we will work to close the opportunity gap and eliminate educational disparities to ensure all our students can thrive.

We must ensure the strategies we develop and implement will lead to better outcomes. Oregon must act now. The Student Success Act and the Latino/a/x and Indigenous* Student Success Plan are a roadmap to get there.

*(Indigenous Mexican, Central, South American, and Caribbean)


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2024 Student Success RFA Coming Soon 

The Oregon Department of Education is pleased to announce upcoming Requests for Applications (RFA) for the African American/Black Student Success, Latino/a/x & Indigenous Student Success, LGBTQ2SIA+ Student Success, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Student Success grant programs. The upcoming RFA performance period for each grant program will begin October 1, 2024 and cross several biennia, ending June 30, 2028, for a 4-year total grant period. Further information about funding and application requirements are forthcoming. 
In order to be informed when this RFA goes live on OregonBuys, please subscribe to the following listservs: African American/Black Student SuccessImmigrant/Refugee Student SuccessLatino/a/x & Indigenous Student  SuccessLGBTQ2SIA+ Student Success, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Student Success programs. Questions will be directed to the Single Point of Contact (SPC) for each RFA at the time of posting.

Upcoming Advisory Group Meetings

The Oregon Department of Education and the Latino/a/x & Indigenous* Student Success Advisory Group are held the third Tuesday of every month from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.


For questions, contact Susan Mekarski, Education Specialist/Latino/a/x Student Plan Coordinator at