2020 Forum Annual Webinars
Join your Forum colleagues for engaging conversation with Deborah Santiago, co-founder and chief executive officer of Excelencia in Education and Andrea Romero, vice provost for faculty affairs at the University of Arizona about how the demographics of the Latinx student population in higher education are shifting and learn what institutions and academic leaders are doing to prepare for these changes and thrive while creating the conditions in which students of the future will also thrive in a post COVID-19 landscape.
Introduction: Anna Galas, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)
Speakers: Deborah Santiago, Excelencia in Education, Andrea Romero, University of Arizona
Co-Founder and CEO, Excelencia in Education
Deborah A. Santiago is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Excelencia in Education. For more than 20 years, she has led research and policy efforts from the community to national and federal levels to improve educational opportunities and success for all students. She co-founded Excelencia in Education 15 years ago to inform policy and practice, compel action, and collaborate with those committed and ready to act to increase student success. Santiago has been cited in numerous publications for her work, including The Economist, the New York Times, the Washington Post, AP, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Santiago serves on the board of visitors for the University of Mary Washington, the advisory board of thedream.us, and the board of directors for Higher Achievement.
Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, University of Arizona
Andrea Romero has served since January 2019 as vice provost for faculty affairs at the University of Arizona, where she is professor in family studies and human development. She is co-owner of two initiatives in the Office of Strategic Implementation; Enhancing Our Work Environment and Hispanic-Serving Institution Cluster Hires. Previously, she was director of the Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth and Families for three and a half years. She is currently president-elect for the National Latinx Psychological Association. Her Ph.D. is in applied social psychology and her research has investigated Latinx youth health disparities.