This research paper focuses on the factors that contribute to the retention of women of color in higher education. Research has shown that students of color are at a higher risk of not returning to their institutions of higher education due to financial difficulties of their families, the lack of family support and the way in which the campus climate affects them uniquely.This research aims to answer the question: how does Hermanas Unidas at Santa Clara University contribute to the retention of women of color in higher education? While focusing on the three main factors that contribute to the retention of women of color in higher education- financial difficulties, family support and campus climate. Through a quan-qual study over the period six months, the research suggests that Hermans Unidas at Santa Clara University is able to provide a safe space where members do not think about their circumstance, financial or their family, as a limiting factor in completing their education. Instead, Hermanas Unidas, is able to provide the familial support on campus from women who share similar experiences.
Romero, Edith, "Retention of Women of Color in Higher Education" (2018). Matt Meier Award. 2.