VISTAS School Counseling

VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.

Future School Counselors’ Perceptions of Challenges that Latina/o Students Face: An Exploratory Study

Javier Cavazos Vela, Ming-Tsan Lu, Liza Veliz, Michael B. Johnson, and Veronica Castro


The current study examined future school counselors’ perceptions of challenges that impede Latina/o students from postsecondary education. Future school counselors cited a complex interplay among individual, interpersonal, and institutional factors regarding Latina/o students’ limited access to postsecondary education. Recommendations for counselor training programs to raise trainees’ awareness of systemic forces in K-12 schools and help future school counselors monitor their beliefs and attitudes toward Latina/o students are provided.

Keywords: school counselors, Latina/o students, systemic challenges, higher education

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