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Hispanic Heritage Month

Learn about the Experiences of Hispanic Students at WGU

Every student is unique. We believe that your educational experience should be as unique as you are. We celebrate the differences in our students because we know that diversity brings strength—it's why we endeavor to be the most inclusive university in the world. WGU is bridging the gap between talent and opportunity.

We aim to recognize, support, and amplify students' voices while creating greater pathways to opportunities for students across the country. This focus drives us to offer high-quality, equitable higher education that is accessible regardless of your location or background. By putting degree opportunities within reach and improving access to learning, we advance equity for every student.

Join us as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, and recognize how students and employees are making a difference in their communities around the country.

Emilia Valle is rich in experience both professionally and academically. She holds three master's degrees, founded the WGU LatinX Owls employee resource group, and is the program mentoring manager for the WGU College of Information Technology. She inspires and empowers students to follow their dreams.

"The Principal Mission of the Latinx Owls ERG is to be a strategic partner with WGU to promote a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion through continual learning, provide an avenue for WGU Latinx Owls employees to come together to expand knowledge, awareness, and opportunity for the Latinx community within WGU while maintaining a strong focus on the overall mission of WGU as a whole, advance the understanding and inclusion of employees with a common background, set of interests, and/or goals. The vision, mission, goals, policies, and activities of WGU Latinx Owls are fully aligned with those of WGU's mission, goals, and promise."

–Latinx Owls at WGU
"I’m grateful for the opportunity to lead WGU efforts in Texas and the South Region, helping individuals overcome financial barriers and time constraints to earning their bachelor’s or master’s degree."
–Linda Garza Battles, Regional Vice President, Chancellor of WGU Texas

WGU Commencement Speaker

Thirty years ABC News anchor veteran, seven national Emmy® awards, and creator and host of What Would You Do? John Quiñones delivered the WGU Commencement Address.

"Before my degree, I was very hesitant to be ‘out there,’ but after I graduated, I had a lot more confidence to support my team and WGU goals as well. It also helped me as I moved through the courses to be able to apply the concepts even before I graduated."
–Anna Striedel , WGU Alumna & Senior Program Mentor
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Hispanic Heritage Month: A mentor profile

College of IT Program Mentor Anna Striedel shares her thoughts on WGU, going back to school, and the culture, heritage, and influence of family.

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How students of color can beat barriers to education

The racial makeup of higher education is changing—for the better. Students of color earned 31.5 percent of the bachelor's degrees awarded in the United States in 2016, according to a 2019 American Council on Education (ACE) report.

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Hispanic Heritage Month: Q&A, Dr. Raymund Paredes

A Conversation with Linda Battles, Acting Regional Vice President for WGU South Region, and Raymund Paredes, former Commissioner of Texas Higher Education

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WGU: A Latinx Student's Experience

Since its inception, Western Governors University has focused on advancing equity by increasing access to higher education. The Latinx community is one of the best-represented in WGU's student body.

Scholarships Available for Affordable Education

Scholarships are one of the many ways in which WGU removes obstacles from your path to achieving your education goals and improving your career opportunities.

Prospanica Education Grant

This scholarship will be awarded quarterly to a new MSN or health leadership student at WGU who exemplifies the spirit and commitment to leadership.

WGU Collaborative Agreement Scholarship

A prestigious award toward tuition in most of WGU’s College of Health Professions degree programs. Recipients will be selected for their demonstrated activism or innovation in nursing that improves patient outcomes.

WGU 25th Anniversary Next Generation Scholarship

Moves and deployments greatly impact your ability to achieve a degree, but WGU can help you maintain your education on the go with our flexible, online education. Spouses of active duty military personnel, veterans, guard, and reservists are qualified to receive a Military Spouse Scholarship.