Document Type


Publication Date


Publication Title

Journal of Latinos and Education


IDEA courses, Latinx college students, cultural wealth model, student success


Do inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA) courses geared toward Latinx students help create a collectivist community on a college campus? We argue that courses incorporating IDEA initiatives into their curriculum and focusing on Latinx individuals provide students the face, place, and space to create the cultural wealth required for educational success. The academic intervention described in this study focused on supporting the Latinx community and advancing our university’s IDEA values. This qualitative project describes the results of forty-seven participants in ten focus groups within undergraduate courses during the Fall 2019-Spring 2021 semesters. Based on a deductive-inductive hybrid thematic analysis, our results suggest that IDEA courses at the curricular level are essential in cultivating a collectivist community on campus for students to thrive. Evidence from this study can be utilized to inform educational policy and pedagogical considerations within higher education.

Funding Source

This project was funded by the Illinois State University College of Arts and Science’s New Faculty Initiative Grant, the Illinois State University Scholarship of Teaching and Learning’s Seed Grants, and the Illinois State University Center for Integrated Professional Development’s Teaching Innovations Grant. This article was published Open Access thanks to a transformative agreement between Milner Library and Taylor & Francis.




First published in Journal of Latinos and Education (2024).

This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.