(April 18. 2013) -- Laura I. Rendón, UTSA professor of educational leadership and policy studies, was named one of the Most Powerful and Influential Women in Texas by the National Diversity Council. She received the award at the Texas Diversity Council's ninth annual Texas Diversity and Leadership Conference in Dallas.
"I am humbled and honored to receive this prestigious award on behalf of all who work diligently and tirelessly on improving education for underserved student populations," said Rendón.
Rendón is a nationally recognized scholar and researcher in higher education issues concerning access, retention and graduation of low-income, first-generation college students and the transformation of teaching and learning to emphasize wholeness and social justice.
She is co-director of the UTSA Center for Research and Policy in Education in the College of Education and Human Development, which engages in research that informs the education community about critical factors that affect the academic success of key student groups.
Rendón serves on the board of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, chairs the Student Success Institute of the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) and is a member of the Education Leadership Council at the Garrison Institute. She is co-founder and past board chair of the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships and past president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), the nation's premier scholarly organization focusing on higher education research.
Additionally, Rendón developed the theory of validation, which has been employed as a framework for working with and affirming students of color, many of whom are low-income and the first in their families to attend college. As a leader in the field of college access and achievement, Rendón's research has been featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education and the PBS documentary, "The College Track." Rendón is a frequent speaker at colleges and universities throughout the nation on topics related to improving persistence and completion.
"Laura's professional work has deeply influenced the way higher education institutions understand and serve their increasingly diverse student populations," said Lisa Firmin, UTSA associate provost for faculty and student diversity and recruitment. "She is a tremendous asset to UTSA as we move toward becoming a Tier One institution."
UTSA promotes diversity across its campuses with inclusiveness as one of its core values. In the May 2012 edition of The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education, UTSA was ranked No. 5 in the nation in the number of undergraduate degrees awarded to Hispanic students and No. 12 nationally in the number of master's degrees awarded to Hispanics. Additionally, UTSA was among 27 higher education institutions across the nation honored in 2012 for its commitment to diversity by Minority Access Inc.
This is the third consecutive year that a UTSA administrator has received the honor from the National Diversity Council. Lisa Firmin was selected in 2012 and Lynda de la Viña, UTSA professor of entrepreneurship and technology management and former dean of the College of Business, was selected in 2011.
The UTSA community welcomes students to their on-campus home! Laurel Village, Chaparral Village and Alvarez Hall are home for 2,300 students during the academic year, and Move-In event kicks off the start of Roadrunner Days.
Laurel Village, Chaparral Village, Alvarez Hall, Main Campus
Can you survive the library wilderness? As a part of Roadrunner Days, UTSA Libraries is hosting a mobile adventure for you to play and find out more about the library!
John Peace Library, 2nd floor, Main Campus
Come meet your UTSA Volleyball Team as they gear up for the 2017 season! The game begins at 5 p.m. then the team will hold an autograph and photo session after the game.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
This engaging discussion pulls back the covers on hooking up, clarifying when it’s actually sexual violence and how bystanders can protect potential victims from predators.
University Center, Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
Late Night at the Rec is an awesome UTSA tradition that transforms a standard information session into an exciting night of fun. At this annual event, you’ll be able to learn about our facilities, recreation programs, and wellness services offered at Main and Downtown Campuses.
Recreation and Wellness Center, Main Campus
The UTSA community is invited to the Community Networking events hosted by the Student Center for Community Engagement and Inclusion during Roadrunner Days. Various opportunities will be available that will focus on our diverse population.
H-E-B University Center Ballrooms (HUC 1.104 and HUC 1.106), Main Campus
Start in the Paseo then branch out around campus so you know where to go on the first day of classes.
University Center Paseo, Main Campus
This event offers a preview of the UC’s programs and services that students can enjoy throughout the year. There will be food and giveaways too.
University Center Paseo, Main Campus
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