Leaders Supporting the Seal of Excelencia

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Seal of Excelencia -
Why and How 

Sarita Brown, President, Excelencia in Education and colleagues



"We support the Seal of Excelencia initiative because this is the opportune time to bring this conversation to the national landscape."

- Sarah Belnick, Program Director College Success, ECMC Foundation



“…we salute you, we’re proud to stand beside you as you move forward with this initiative…”

- Walter Bumphus, President, American Association of American Colleges



“I think Excelencia is the organization to lead the way in interpreting what serving means.”

- Beatriz Ceja, HSI Division Director, US Department of Education



“The Seal of Excelencia will be the beacon to identify colleges and universities that support Latino students.”

- Jacki Cisneros, President, The Gilbert and Jacki Cisneros Foundation



“…it’s a common sense approach to what we need to do at this time for a growing population in higher education.”

- Gabriella Gomez, Deputy Director of Postsecondary Policy and Advocacy, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation



“Excelencia has over a decade of and a reputation for being the leader in innovation of what works for Latino student success.”

- Félix Matos Rodríguez, Chancellor, City University of New York and former President, Queens College, City University of New York



“So this is the idea of the Seal…enrolling Latino students is a necessary precursor, but not sufficient to truly serve. That’s our thesis.”

- Deborah Santiago, CEO, Excelencia in Education



“The Seal of Excelencia initiative gives institutions an opportunity to shine!”

- Belle Wheelan, President, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and Excelencia in Education Board Member