2021 Examples of Excelencia Finalists

For 16 years, Excelencia in Education has identified and promoted evidence-based practices where Latino students thrive. Even in these challenging times, it is a powerful reminder that there are many in our community working diligently to intentionally serve our students.

This year, Excelencia in Education received 145 program submissions for Examples of Excelencia from 23 states and Puerto Rico. Of these submissions, 21 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 1,800 program submissions; recognized over 350 programs for their efforts accelerating Latino student success and awarded over $2 million to programs making a difference for Latino students. The 2021 finalists for Examples of Excelencia join a national community of practitioners committed to Latino student success.

 

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ASSOCIATE

Ambiciones

Howard Community College (MD)

Retention

Austin Community College Guided Pathways Advising through Coaching

Austin Community College (TX)

Support Services

EDGE/plEDGE

College of the Desert (CA)

Access

The Hostos Community College Joint Dual Engineering Degree Program with The City College of New York's Grove School of Engineering

CUNY Hostos Community College (NY)

Academic Program

Miami Dade College School of Science STEM Research Institute

Miami Dade College (FL)

Retention

Transitional Bilingual Learning Community (TBLC)

City Colleges of Chicago-Harry S Truman College (IL)

Retention

  

BACCALAUREATE

  

Cardinal First

North Central College (IL)

Retention

FIU Connect4Success

Florida International University (FL)

Transfer

GANAS Program

Portland State University (OR)

Retention

The Gateway Project

Florida International University (FL)

Retention

Mathematics Intensive Summer Session (MISS)

California State University, Fullerton (CA)

Access

PARC Supplemental Instruction (SI) Program

California State University, Sacramento (CA)

Support Services

PIONERAS (Professional Improvement through Optimization of Native-language Education and the Realization of Academic/familial Symbiosis)

Texas Woman's University (TX)

Academic Program

UHD STEM Training Center for Underrepresented Future Workforce

University of Houston-Downtown (TX)

Retention

 

GRADUATE

 

Éxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training

Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio (TX)

Support Services

UTSA M.S. Business program

University of Texas at San Antonio (TX)

Academic Program

 

COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATION

 

Building Bridges Through Education powered by West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (MI)

Access

Catch the Next Ascender Program

Catch the Next, Inc. (TX)

Academic Program

Conexión Américas' College Success Program

Conexión Américas (TN)

Support Services

First-Gen Forward

Latino U College Access (LUCA) (NY)

Retention

Kid City Hope Place

Los Angeles United Methodist Urban Foundation (CA)

Access