The grant will support enhancements in CREAR (College Readiness, Access and Retention) Futuros 2.0, a national initiative designed to improve retention, graduation rates, course completion, and the GPAs of Latino students. To that end, the program will be added to three City University of New York colleges and include technology enhancements such as portable tablets and a virtual curriculum tied to independent study, incentives such as MetroCards, credit-bearing independent study programs, and a long-term evaluation of program outcomes. In addition, the grant will help fund expansion of CREAR 2.0 initiatives into Connecticut, New Jersey, and Florida.
"In awarding this grant, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation has made a powerful statement about its commitment to Latino educational success and to the Hispanic Federation," said HF president José Calderón. "With this transformative investment, we will be able to boost the college experience for over one thousand Latino and non-Latino students and assure long-term sustainability and replicability for this program. CREAR Futuros is about improving college success by making sure our kids get the support and mentorship they need. Thanks to the foundation, we get the opportunity to expand our success model of Latino college recruitment and retention to other communities across America. We take great pride in being a part of this kind of strategic philanthropy to support Latino communities."