A New Framework for Supporting Campus Diversity

Title: Examples of Excelencia: What programs lead the way in serving Latino students?

Authors: Excelencia in Education

Source: Excelencia in Education

URL: Examples of Excelencia | Excelencia in Education (edexcelencia.org)

Excelencia in Education recently released their annual call for nominations for their Examples of Excelencia awards. The awards recognize programs and initiatives that increase access to and improve academic opportunities and outcomes for Latino students. A program is chosen as an Example of Excelencia at each level: associate, baccalaureate, and graduate, respectively, as well as one sponsored by a community-based organization. The initiative has recognized more than 300 programs from 1,500 nominations since it began in 2005.

Nominees are evaluated based on their mission and goals, the need fulfilled, practices embedded within the program, program leadership and sustainability, and evidence of efficacy in meeting and serving the needs of Latino students. The 2020 program saw 112 submissions from 24 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The four 2020 Examples of Excelencia selected, ranged from programs providing peer mentorship and wraparound services to program participants, to programs focused on faculty professional development and institutional change with a focus on identifying and incorporating pedagogical and outreach practices to engage Latino students.

To read more about the initiative or to make a nomination, please visit the Excelencia in Education website here. Interested parties should note nominations are due by Friday, March 5th, 2021.

 —Charles Sanchez

Higher Education Today