CSUF Looks to Increase Number of Black and Latino Male Teachers

The massive teacher shortage is being felt all across the state and California State University, Fullerton is looking to curb this especially for a demographic with some of the lowest representation-- Latino and Black males.

According to the California Department of Education, only six percent of teachers are Hispanic or African American males.

In response, CSUF has launched Growing Future Teachers, or GiFT, meant to connect potential male teachers with current Latino and African American male teachers.

Aimee Nelson, director of CSUF’s Center for Careers in Teaching, says that Latino and Black male teachers are in short supply because the teaching field is traditionally female, and mostly white. She also notes that Black and Latino male students very rarely see teachers who look like them.

Nelson says she sees students entering into other more glamorous field rather than enter teaching which has a reputation for being low-paying.

However, with the growing diversity of students, it’s important more than ever to have diverse educators as well.

Red more at the OC Register.