As the Latinos (particularly college students) expand into new areas of the United States, it’s important they have a “place” where they can connect with others. I’ve written before about Northern Kentucky University down the road from me in Cincinnati and how their Latino Affairs Department is an important part of making this happen for their 200+ Latinos on campus. National organizations such as the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers provide this the same type of conenction for Latino students all over the U.S. especially in places where Latinos comprise a small part of the student body. Case in point – the new SHPE Chapter at Utah State.
Everyone wants to feel they belong. People group together in accordance to things they have in common and form bonds of friendship and loyalty.