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Excelencia in Education’s Presidents for Latino Student Success 

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UTRGV President Guy Bailey is shown here with student Victoria Gutierrez and her family, from Port Arthur, at a signing event for Luminary Scholars recipients in 2022, at the UTRGV Visitors Center on the Edinburg Campus. (UTRGV Photo by Paul Chouy)
UTRGV President Guy Bailey is shown here with student Victoria Gutierrez and her family, from Port Arthur, at a signing event for Luminary Scholars recipients in 2022, at the UTRGV Visitors Center on the Edinburg Campus. (UTRGV Photo by Paul Chouy)

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By Victoria Brito Morales

EDINBURG, Texas – UTRGV President Guy Bailey is one of the newest members of the Excelencia in Education Presidents for Latino Success network.

Excelencia in Education is the nation’s premier authority on efforts accelerating Latino student success in higher education. And the network itself and its campus teams actively collaborate to put evidence-based practices and strategic analysis of student data to use to support and advance the talents, skills and contributions of Latino students and the institutions.

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Bailey is one of 25 university leaders from across the country to join the network this year.

“We are proud to have earned the Seal of Excelencia in 2021, and now, joining the Presidents for Latino Success network will only help UTRGV enhance our priority of student success,” Bailey said. “The tools gained from this network will help forge a path for Latino students for many years to come.”

Currently, there are 37 total university leaders including Bailey in the network, five from the UT System. The network is made up of college and university presidents and chancellors committed to making their institutions a learning environment in which Latino students can thrive.

Sarita Brown, co-founder and president ofExcelencia in Education, said the communication and information the network provides is crucial for unified growth.

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“Higher education leaders with skills and vision are fundamental to our country’s strong recovery,” she said. “Those prepared to engage and intentionally serve Latino students, while serving all their students, will lead the way.”

Through the network, Bailey will collaborate withExcelencia to leverage collective expertise and resources, foster partnerships and amplify current efforts at the national level.

In 2021,UTRGV was one of 10 institutions to earn the Seal of Excelencia. The 10 institutions earned Seal certification by demonstrating specific inclusive strategies, implementing programs with evidence of effectiveness, and registering results that showed they are intentionally serving Latino students among all their students.

For more information onExcelencia in Education, visit edexcelencia.org.


ABOUT EXCELENCIA IN EDUCATION

Excelencia in Education accelerates Latino student success in higher education by promoting Latino student achievement, conducting analysis to inform educational policies and advancing institutional practices, while collaborating with those committed and ready to meet the mission. Launched in 2004 in Washington, D.C., Excelencia has established a network of results-oriented educators and policymakers to address the U.S. economy’s needs for a highly educated workforce and engaged civic leaders.

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