President's Diversity Lecture

Second Annual President's Diversity Lecture

Event Information

Thursday, March 31, 2022 | 4:00-5:30 pm
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Deborah A. Santiago

Deborah A. Santiago is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Excelencia in Education, America’s premier authority on efforts to accelerate Latino student success in higher education. For more than 20 years, she has led research and policy efforts from local to national levels to improve educational opportunities and success for all students.


Codifying the ’S’ in HSIs: Serving Latino Students with Intentionality

Santiago will discuss how serving students—especially Latino students—requires intentionality. She will share strategies that build on students’ strengths and opportunities guided by evidence-based practices and leadership commitment.


About Deborah A. Santiago

Santiago co-founded Excelencia in Education in 2004 to inform policy and practices to accelerate Latino student success in higher education. Her work focuses on federal and state policies, financial aid, Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), and effective institutional practices for student success. She has been cited in numerous publications for her work, including The New York Times, Washington Post, The Economist, Forbes, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. She serves on the Board of Visitors for the University of Mary Washington, her alma mater, and on the advisory board of TheDream.US. Please join us for this engaging and informative lecture and discussion.