In order to assess mindsets about Hispanic/Latino culture during Hispanic Heritage Month, students collected, analyzed, and displayed data from a sample of students at Garinger High School. Students collected data centered around two key questions:
When you hear the word hispanic, what comes to mind?
What images do you associate with hispanic/latino culture?
After collecting over 100 student responses, they met as a team, and analyzed the stereotypes - good and bad. They were shocked at some of the responses from their peers, but used those responses as motivation to educate others.
As a result, they were able to create an interactive display where they addressed common stereotypes and misconceptions to students during lunches. They celebrated and highlighted prominent Hispanic/Latino figures. Furthermore they were able to practice public speaking skills, networking, and analyzing voluntary responses in order to educate others about issues important to them.