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HERI director, Sylvia Hurtado, receives outstanding Latina in higher education award
Sylvia Hurtado, professor and director of the higher education research institute at the University of California, Los Angeles, has been selected to receive the Outstanding Latino/a Faculty in Higher Education: Research in Higher Education Award, presented by the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE). The organization, which is dedicated to improving education and enabling Hispanic students to fully participate in a diverse society, presented the award to Hurtado at its 6th annual conference in San Antonio, TX.
Hurtado was selected by a panel of experts in higher education. The selection criteria focused on the recipient's sustained contributions and efforts to showcase the significant accomplishments this award represents. Each year, this award is given to an individual who has demonstrated excellence in both research and teaching and has provided significant contributions to his/her academic discipline.
"Dr. Hurtado is an eminent scholar, mentor, and professor. She is also a trail blazer in the higher education area. AAHHE is honored to bestow this award on Dr. Sylvia Hurtado," says Louis Olivas, Ph.D., president of AAHHE.
To celebrate and recognize the work of Hispanics in higher education and other national leaders, the AAHHE awards program was created to honor individuals at a special awards luncheon on March 5 at the national AAHHE conference. Awards are provided in the areas of Leadership in Higher Education, Research/Teaching in Higher Education, Service/Teaching in Higher Education, Outstanding Support of Hispanic Issues in Higher Education, Fine or Performing Arts, Distance Learning, and Literary Arts or Publications.
"Receiving the award in San Antonio from the most respected organization of Hispanic higher education administrators and faculty is especially meaningful, as growing up here has shaped my research on improving higher education for Hispanics," Hurtado says.
About AAHHE www.aahee.org
Alana Klein, Higher Education Research Institute