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APSU’s Latino Advisory Council makes supporting Latino students a campus-wide initiative

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Yanaraliz Barnes

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Last year, Austin Peay State University unveiled its newly rebranded and redesigned Latino Community Resource Center (LCRC) in the basement of the Morgan University Center. The inviting space – decorated with couches, tables, a television and even a small kitchen area – provides students with a safe place to relax, study and connect with friends.

The center is one of the reasons why the Education Trust of Tennessee applauded the University’s efforts last year in enrolling and supporting Latino students. According to the trust’s report, Austin Peay had “the highest Latino access score of any public institution in the state.”

Yanaraliz Barnes, the center’s director, is proud of the work the LCRC does, but she doesn’t want it to become the only source of support for Austin Peay’s growing Latino student population.

“Sometimes when people think about Latino students, they think about the center, but we wanted Latino initiatives to be university-wide efforts,” she said. “We wanted to bring a group together and work on things that will improve their quality of life for Latino students here at Austin Peay.”

Last fall, Barnes partnered with LaNeeça Williams, APSU chief diversity officer and Title IX coordinator, to establish the APSU Latino Advisory Council of Resource Advocates. They recruited members from offices across campus, and last October, the group hosted its first meeting. During the meeting, they set the council’s goals, which are:

Almost a year has passed since that first meeting, and the council has been busy over the last few months making strong progress on the goals it set. What has it achieved? Some of the accomplishments from last year include:

For information on the council, visit https://www.apsu.edu/student-life/lcrc/advisorycommittee.

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