A Promising Model: The Arriba Program for Latino Immigrant Students

By Carrie J. Boden-McGill, Allen C. Sherman, Yolanda Usry and Anarella Cellitti.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Latino English Language Learners (ELLs) who have recently immigrated to the United States represent a large and growing population that is markedly underserved. Recent trends in the data depict a significant dropout rate from high school and college for these students. According to the latest available data from The National Center for Educational Statistics, the high school dropout rate for Latinos was more than triple the rate for Caucasians. The acculturation difficulties that Latino students encounter are daunting. This article briefly reviews some of the cultural, linguistic, emotional, socioeconomic, and health challenges that may impede success in school. A group intervention model, the Arriba Program, is presented as a means of assisting students in addressing some of these acculturation difficulties. The program involves a school-based, professionally-led peer support group. The program is intended to be practical, culturally-sensitive, and readily disseminated.

Keywords: Hispanic, Latino, Counseling, Psychological Issues, Adaptation, Group Intervention, Learning Environment, Culture, Acculturation, Immigrants, English Language Learners, Drop Out

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 15, Issue 12, pp.187-198. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 651.252KB).

Dr. Carrie J. Boden-McGill

Associate Professor, Graduate Program Coordinator of Adult Education, Department of Counseling, Adult, and Rehabilitation Education, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, USA

Dr. Carrie J. Boden is Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Master’s Degree in Adult Education at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Dr. Boden holds a Ph.D. with an emphasis in adult education from Kansas State University, a M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Wichita State University, and a B.A. in English Language and Literature from Bethel College. She has served on the planning committees for several international conferences and as a referee for The International Journal of Learning. Dr. Boden has co-coordinated a Sister Cities International Exchange with La Salle University in Cancun, Mexico, traveled to South America as a Fulbright Scholar with Project ECHO, and participated in the NGO Forum on Women in Beijing, China.

Allen C. Sherman

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, USA

Dr. Sherman is Director of the Behavioral Medicine Division and Associate Professor in the department of Otolaryngology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He graduated from Brown University and earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from University of Kansas. He completed an internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School. In addition to patient care and teaching, he directs the program’s research laboratory; his work has focused on group interventions, psychosocial oncology, quality-of-life outcomes, and spirituality and health.

Yolanda Usry

Research Assistant, Department of Counseling, Adult, and Rehabilitation Education, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, USA

Yolanda has a Bachelors of Arts in Human Services from Arkansas Baptist College and a Masters of Arts in Student Services from the University of Arkansas Little Rock. She is currently working as a research assistant and pursuing a Masters of Counseling Education from the University of Arkansas Little Rock. She is the founder of I’m My Sister’s Keeper, a mentoring program for female students.

Dr. Anarella Cellitti

Associate Professor, Teacher Education, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, USA

Dr. Anarella Cellitti is an Associate Professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Dr. Cellitti holds a Ph.D. and M.Ed in early childhood education from the University of South Carolina, a M.A from the University of Houston-Victoria in psychology, and a B.A. in secondary education from Instituto Pedagógico de Caracas. She has served on the Diversity and Linguistic Committees of the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and on the Diversity Committee of The Texas Association for the Education of Young Children. Currently she is a Diversity Committee member of the Association for Childhood Education International(ACEI.) She has multiple presentations in the US, Europe, and Latin American relating to providing services and educating immigrant and refugees children.


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