Seal of Excelencia

Earning the Seal of Excelencia Certification

Institutions that strive for, and most particularly those that earn the Seal of Excelencia, have demonstrated their capacity to grow our country’s highly-skilled workforce and develop leaders —in other words, these institutions are ensuring America’s future.

Deborah Santiago, CEO, Excelencia in Education


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What do institutional presidents say about earning the Seal of Excelencia certification?


Robert Nelsen, President, Sacramento State University

"For Sacramento State, earning the Seal of Excelencia is an incredible honor that underlines our commitment to serving our Latinx students. The Excelencia framework will enable us to further advance our understanding of how best to support Latinx excellence through data, best practices, strategy, and leadership. I look forward to our ongoing partnership with Excelencia in Education as we work together to transform the narrative around Latinx college students.”

- Robert S. Nelsen, President, Sacramento State




Lou Anne Bynum, Interim Superintendent-President, Long Beach City College

“Obtaining the Seal of Excelencia is a true badge of honor for Long Beach City College, as it is a testament to our efforts as the only community college to be selected within Excelencia’s second cohort. This process was rigorous to obtain, but it really helped LBCC to reflect on the efforts we have made as a whole college. LBCC is proud to earn this certification from Excelencia in Education and we pledge to continue our efforts to support our Latinx students.”

- Lou Anne Bynum, Interim Superintendent and President, Long Beach City College




Michael Amiridis

“We are proud to be certified with the Seal of Excelencia for our efforts to serve Latinx students and to be considered a leader in supporting them with the necessary opportunities for personal and academic growth. We owe this recognition to the UIC faculty and staff who have worked to make the university a friendly and successful place for Latinx students. UIC is a reflection of Chicago and the community we serve. The diversity of our urban campus community is more than an attribute, but a key part of our mission as the city’s largest and only public research university.”

- Michael D. Amiridis, Chancellor of the University of Illinois at Chicago



Jay Hartzell, Interim President, The University of Texas at Austin

“UT Austin is deeply committed to supporting the academic success of Latino students in higher education and making this a more welcome and inclusive campus for all students. The Seal of Excelencia recognizes this commitment and will help us expand our strategic efforts to support Texas students. I thank Excelencia in Education and look forward to working with Excelencia to promote Latino success both on our campus and across the state and nation.”

- Jay Hartzell, President of the University of Texas at Austin




Taylor Eighmy, President, The University of Texas at San Antonio

“Seal of Excelencia certification is truly special on a number of levels. Not only does it reflect our purposeful, university-wide commitment to accelerating the success of our Latino students, it is a testament to the hard work and advocacy of so many in our community. I am especially appreciative of the many faculty and staff across the university who collaborated to demonstrate and quantify our commitment to the success of our Latino students. I am also particularly grateful to the La Raza Faculty and Administrators Association for their advocacy. From the very beginning, they desired for UTSA to be exemplary in its service to Mexican Americans in South Texas, a population historically underserved by higher education.”

- Taylor Eighmy, President of the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA)