Pursuing the Tipping Point in Latino Education

If you’ve not yet read The Tipping Point (non-affiliate link), you should.

It’s a book about change. Malcom Gladwell offers a different approach about comprehending change, and why it seems to occur as quickly as it does.  One premise of his book is that change occurs all at once, and the smallest shift, can be the “tipping point” for a new idea, behavior, message, or product. The process is often invisible because it occurs over time, often unnoticed until something “tips.”

When it comes to Latinos and education, this process is occurring all around us. In most cases, the process is “invisible” because people and organizations interested in supporting Latino education are shifting the landscape – daily.

Consider organizations such as New Futuro, an organization that helps Latino students attend college. New Futuro just held a massive summit to help Latino students and their parents learn how to prepare, apply and pay for college.

The Lumina Foundation, an organization that advocates for higher education, just awarded a grant for its “Triangle for Latino Student Success” project on the campus of the University of North Carolina.

Hispanic Community Action Summits have been held across country as part of President Barack Obama administration’s Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

College campuses around the country, particularly in the Midwest and Northwest are witnessing an increasing number of Latino college enrollments. In many instances, these same Latinos are reviving cities and regions that are losing their populations.

Initiatives and trends like these eventually make a huge effect. It’s just a matter of time before these efforts coalesce to positively change the educational future for Latinos.

But let’s also remember that while tipping points can be “contagious,” they don’t depend on the masses. Frequently, tipping points are a result of just a small number people and organizations.

It could be you. Change happens when ordinary people demonstrate extraordinary behavior.