The Vermont Connection


Latine students are the fastest growing ethnic group currently in higher education and yet they experience lower undergraduate completion rates than their white peers. In this paper I explore Validation theory, in combination with community cultural wealth and the Bicultural Orientation Model and Influences on Latino Identity, and the ways in which they can be used to support Latine students. Validation is defined as a positive external affirmation to students that positively impacts their own belief to succeed. With the Latine undergraduate student population growing, validation theory can be an important tool to address the issues relevant to students from this demographic.