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  • LatinxEd
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    205 Peabody Hall, CB #3500
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599
  • 919-962-6313
  • 2003
  • Alice Dolbow
  • College Access Advisor
  • (919) 314-7347

Program Description

NC SLI, a project of the Center for Global Initiatives at UNC, seeks to create pathways to educational, professional, and civic engagement opportunities for the next generation of Latino leaders in North Carolina.

In high school, rising sophomores are selected as SLI Scholars. Beginning their sophomore year, Scholars begin a structured 3-year program that includes the following:

  • A strong support network that provides each student "near-peer" mentoring from a sophomore in college, support from a SLI advocate at their respective high school, and guidance from UNC faculty and staff. In addition, NC SLI provides parent resources and workshops that help families embrace higher education together.
  • Monthly seminars on campus led by university faculty and students. This academic enrichment includes composition, college prep, and professional development seminars each scholar takes over the course of the program.
  • Community-building and leadership development through engagement of Latino issues and public service in their respective communities.
  • Scholarship support for graduating seniors to help fill in the gap of unmet financial need and unanticipated costs.
  • Success Stories

    Gemma is extensively engaged in extra-curricular activities while also excelling in Advanced Placement courses. She credits SLI with helping her become aware of what to expect from college. She realizes that pursuing a nursing career will be difficult and she needs to be prepared for difficult work. Reflecting on what she has learned from SLI, Gemma writes "SLI has taught me how to write more properly in essays and to speak to an open public. It has taught me to strive for what I want in life and that no matter what anybody can accomplish their dreams if one sets their mind to it. SLI has helped me grow to become a better person and to become more prepared for what might come next. Without SLI, I would not have pushed myself the way I do now to reach for the best."

    Judith has excelled in her high school academic career, including top grades in several AP classes. Participation in SLI has given Judith the opportunity to attend college and pursue her dream of becoming a pediatrician. Judith writes, "SLI is the chance to be successful despite the various obstacles that I have to confront, like being an undocumented student and not having enough resources to go to college. The organization has provided for me an amazingly helpful mentor and a clearer look at the opportunities that I have available. Thanks to this organization, I now know that I can overcome the barriers that keep me from becoming the person that I desire to be."

    Services Provided

    • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
    • College admissions guidance and counseling
    • College fairs/campus visits
    • College transition and retention support
    • Community service/service hours
    • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
    • Leadership development
    • Mentoring
    • Parent/family services
    • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
    • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


    Race & Ethnicity

    • Hispanic/Latino: 100%

    Education Level and
    Number of Students

    • High School: 75
    • Middle School: 0
    • Elementary School: 0
    • Post-secondary: 75
    • Non-traditional: 0

    Populations Served

    • Academically High-performing
    • Undocumented Students (20)


    • More than 75%

    Colleges Attended
    by Alumni

    • Appalachian State University
    • Guilford College
    • Meredith College
    • North Carolina A & T State University
    • North Carolina State University at Raleigh
    • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • University of North Carolina at Greensboro

    Matriculation & Completion

    • 4-yr College Matriculation: 65%