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Hispanic Ph.D.s Jump as Fastest-Growing Minority Gains

Marialena Rivera learned a lesson growing up in San Antonio, Texas, when her family struggled to make ends meet before her parents went to college.

“As soon as my parents got their degrees, everything changed for us,” said Rivera, 27, who’s seeking her Ph.D. in education policy at the University of California, Berkeley. “They got better jobs. We moved into a gated community. We had a pool in our backyard.”