Student Success Awards Luncheon

To further promote the Student Success movement on the Tampa campus, Student Affairs & Student Success hosts an annual luncheon for the campus community to convene to learn of our latest successes and initiatives, celebrate the work of individuals and teams with an awards program, as well as hear about related innovations in higher education from a guest speaker.  For more information or questions about this event, please contact Carmen Goldsmith.

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Thursday, April 12, 2018
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Marshall Student Center Ballroom

Guest Speaker:
Sarita E. Brown
Excelencia in Education

Founded in 2004, Excelencia in Education is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to accelerating Latino success in higher education by linking research, policy, and practice to serve Latino students. Sarita Brown, co-founder and president, has spent more than three decades at prominent educational institutions and at the highest levels of government working to implement effective strategies to raise academic achievement and opportunity for low-income and minority students.

Brown started her career at The University of Texas at Austin by building a national model promoting minority success in graduate education.  Coming to the nation’s capital to work for educational associations, Brown was tapped to serve as Executive Director of the White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans under President Bill Clinton and U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley. She later applied her talents and experience to the not-for-profit sector and in 2004, co-founded Excelencia in Education in Washington, DC.

Many have recognized Brown's positive impact and service to increasing educational opportunities. This includes the Harold G. McGraw Jr. Prize in Education for “innovative thinking, strong leadership and accomplishment by example”, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and the American Association of University Women. She has been awarded honorary degrees from North Carolina State University, Carlos Albizu University and the University of Saint Joseph.

A tireless advocate for educational equity, Brown currently serves on boards and advisory committees including the Editorial Projects in Education, Catch the Next, the Center for First-generation Student Success and Excelencia in Education.