2020 Examples of Excelencia

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Evidence-based programs selected from across the country

Amid challenging times, Excelencia was pleased to recognize the 2020 Examples of Excelencia. These programs are national exemplars of Latino student success across higher education institutions and community-based organizations. With the belief that good policy is informed by good practice, Excelencia brings national attention to evidence-based programs in order to leverage their efforts to a wide audience of partner organizations, funders, and policymakers.

The 2020 Examples of Excelencia were selected from 20 finalists among 112 national submissions representing 24 states, DC and Puerto Rico.



Each 2020 Example of Excelencia in their respective category stands out for their commitment to intentionally and effectively serve Latino students:


Mi Casa Es Su Casa

Lone Star College-North Harris
(Houston, TX)



Arizona’s Science, Engineering and Math Scholars (ASEMS) Program

University of Arizona
(Tucson, AZ)



Latinx Leadership Initiative (LLI)

Boston College School of Social Work
(Chestnut Hill, MA)



Scholar Program

Generation Hope
(Washington, DC)



COVER-2020 What Works for Latino Students in Higher Education

The 2020 Examples of Excelencia, Examples finalists, and Programs to Watch are now members of Excelencia's community committed to transforming institutions to more intentionally SERVE Latino students. We invite you to learn more about these leading programs in the 2020 edition of What Works For Latino Students in Higher Education Compendium.

To learn more about additional programs that are improving Latino student success, check out our Growing What Works DatabaseThis database is the only national online, searchable database that serves as a credible resource in identifying what works for Latino students.

Did You Know ...

In 2020, the 16 Examples of Excelencia finalists represent 7 states—California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, and Texas.