2020 Examples of Excelencia Finalists

Amid challenging times for higher education, this year’s finalists for Examples of Excelencia provide vanguard leadership in replicable strategies toward equity for Latinos.

This year, Excelencia in Education received 112 program submissions for Examples of Excelencia from 24 states, DC, and Puerto Rico. Of these submissions, 20 programs were selected as finalists for Examples of Excelencia. These programs provide intentional, culturally relevant, high-impact practices tailored to Latino students and their communities.

Since 2005, Excelencia in Education has received over 1,000 program submissions; recognized over 300 programs for their efforts accelerating Latino student success and awarded $2 million to programs making a difference for Latino students. The 2020 finalists for Examples of Excelencia join a national community of practitioners committed to Latino student success.


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Mi Casa Es Su Casa

Lone Star College-North Harris (TX)

Institutional Change; Faculty Training

2020 Example of Excelencia


Alamo Colleges District (TX)

Institutional Change

San Antonio College Honors Academy Program

San Antonio College (TX)

Honors; College Prep


Howard Community College (MD)

First Year Support; Parental/Family Engagement

The Math Tutorial Lab

Santa Barbara City College (CA)

STEM; Discipline/Subject

School of Science STEM Research Institute

Miami Dade College (FL)

STEM; Undergraduate Research




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

University of Arizona (AZ)

STEM; Undergraduate Research

2020 Example of Excelencia

Access College & Excel (ACE) Program

The University of Texas at San Antonio (TX)

First Year Support; Learning Community

Compact Scholars Program

San Diego State University (CA)

Community Partnerships/Collective Impact; Pathway/Pipeline

Center for Educational Partnerships

California State University, Fullerton (CA)

Community Partnerships/Collective Impact; College Prep

UAlbany Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)

University at Albany, State University of New York (NY)

First Year Support; Summer Bridge




Latinx Leadership Initiative (LLI)

Boston College School of Social Work (MA)

Career/Workforce; Pathway/Pipeline

2020 Example of Excelencia

Masters in School Psychology

The University of Texas at San Antonio (TX)


Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community (PRIME-LC)

University of California, Irvine (CA)

Career/Workforce; Health




Scholar Program

Generation Hope (DC)

Mentoring; Scholarship

2020 Example of Excelencia

College Success Program

Hyde Square Task Force, Inc (MA)

First Year Support

Noble College Access and Success Program

Noble Network of Charter Schools (IL)

College Prep


Project GRAD Houston (TX)

College Prep; Parental/Family Engagement

University Crossroads

The University of Texas at Arlington (TX)

Community Partnerships/Collective Impact; College Prep