Growing up in a community that is 90% Hispanic, I have been witness to the many unfortunate lifestyles that they experience. My own family has also had its share of financial, drug and gang problems and because most Hispanics, like my family, are lower to lower-middle class, the neighborhoods they live in are not ideal. Much like the neighborhoods that many African Americans live in, which I later learned when I began going to school at Purdue University. Iím currently majoring in African American Studies and in the classes alone I have seen how African Americans and Hispanics tend to segregate themselves from the rest of the class, sitting together on the opposite side of the Caucasian students. When speaking on cultural or political situations, the Black and Hispanic students often agree on many of the burdens that spoil their communities. Itís not unusual in either community to see teenage mothers, single parent families, to experience stereotypes at their worst, or to lose a loved one to jail, **** or death due to various criminal activities. Often the families have similar financial and housing circumstances, living with extended family in the projects or ghettos, so they understand each other on a higher level when addressing values in family, respect, religion, and hard work. This experience has taught me that African Americans and Hispanics, being the growing minorities in the United States, should come together as a group to address the issues they both face on a daily basis in their communities. Young African Americans and Hispanics have already come to an understanding that they are both minorities and have many of the same disadvantages. To my experience, going to a university where the majority is White and Asian, African American and Hispanic students have brought it upon themselves to form a unity as a single minority. While this grouping of the two minorities is not necessarily geared toward fixing the problems they face, it can be brought to their attention that by forming this unity they will have more power in making a difference both politically and culturally for their communities. It can also be brought to the attention of the Latino and Black Cultural Centers that by unifying the two communities they can work to do the same for other universities around the United States. Inviting successful African American and Hispanic government and community leaders to speak at seminars held at either center at the university would help in creating that understanding of influence to make changes for both ethnicities. And once that understanding is made the students can extend what theyíve learned out to the surrounding communities.The existing programs that I have been exposed to in my own city are geared toward helping the large Hispanic population to make a greater difference in the community when it comes to post education and career paths for young Hispanics. I am not aware of such programs for African Americans in my city however, they do exist in larger urban areas. By bringing these programs to recognize the significance they play in the lives of the people, student or not, that participate in them, they can connect with the Cultural centers of the universities to strengthen the union of the African American and Hispanic populations. The historically Black colleges and universities, in my perspective, already have an advantage in assisting the African American community by creating the positive outlook for post education with its scholarships, grants, and other various programs that aid in paying for their tuition. As before mentioned Hispanics, as well as Afro-Hispanics, have the same disadvantages getting into a college or university because of financial, family or living situations. By opening their educational resources to the Hispanic and Afro-Hispanic communities the Black colleges or universities would be helping in filling the existing gap that separates the three minorities. Creating more scholarships and encouraging the Hispanic and Afro-Hispanic communities to apply would open doors to a better education and a stronger unification of the African American, Hispanic, and Afro-Hispanic populations.