Ferris State University Looks To Better Serve Latino Students

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As the number of Hispanic students attending college continues to grow, Ferris State University is taking steps to strengthen its relationships with the Latino community on campus and in Grand Rapids.

The university, on Tuesday, Nov. 27, is hosting a grand opening for its newly created Center for Latino Studies, an institution that will reach out to Hispanics through educational, social and leadership-development activities, said Tony Baker, executive director of the center.

“It’s adding to a more vibrant campus community,” said Baker, a sociology professor at Ferris who also serves on the Grand Rapids Public Schools Board of Education.

As of fall 2012, there were 452 Hispanic students at Ferris – 3.1 percent of the total student body. That’s up from 1.9 percent in fall 2008.

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