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Latin Identities

By Heidi Lopez

MFA Communications Design, ’22

Latinos are the largest and youngest minority group in the United States. Making up nearly twenty percent of all U.S. students enrolled in degree-granting postsecondary institutions. Despite being a growing minority, these students often feel overlooked and ignored within Predominantly White Institutions. The stories presented in news media, TV, and film often portray stereotypes that misrepresent the Latinx experience in the US. Growing up in a society where whiteness is the default, the standard makes students feel othered. My work analyzes the experience of Latin American students in art and design universities by telling the stories of how media, their environments, and the lack of representation affect their sense of belonging.