Davenport University based in Detroit announced the addition of Carlos Sanchez as the executive director of its new Latino program, responsible for leading the university’s work within the Latino community.
Sanchez comes to Davenport from Ferris State University, where he launched and developed two Latino-centered programs from conception — LEADeres and Emprende.
“Our Vision 2025 priorities strongly emphasize our commitment to better serve the Latino community,” says Richard J. Pappas, president of Davenport University. “Carlos is the perfect candidate to help lead this work for us by building relationships across the state that will broaden opportunities and align support for the Latino community, one of the nation’s fastest-growing and most underrepresented populations in higher education.”
Latinos account for 20 percent of the 18-34 demographic in the U.S. This segment is expected to grow up to 25 percent in the next five years, yet they’re the least represented in higher education.
By 2050, it’s projected that Latinos under 18 years of age will be 31.9 percent of the total youth population; 1 in 3 women in the U.S. will be Latina. This equates to 132.8 million people or 30.2 percent of the total U.S. population.
“I’m proud to be able to play such a pivotal role in creating new and stronger opportunities for the Latino community,” says Sanchez. “I am a proud alum of Davenport University and I am thrilled to be able to be part of their mission to transform students’ lives by helping them earn a quality education and successful careers.”
Sanchez earned a bachelor’s degree from Davenport University and a master’s degree from Kendall College of Arts and Design.