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Excelencia in Education Receives Grant from ECMC Foundation to Examine Faculty at Hispanic-Serving Institutions

April 25, 2017

WASHINGTON— Excelencia in Education (Excelencia) received a $144,145 grant from the ECMC Foundation to examine the role of faculty in the college success of Latino and other students at Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). Through this project Excelencia seeks to compel action to improve the development of culturally competent faculty and curriculum and to increase the representation of Latino faculty. Further, Excelencia will engage leaders and faculty of HSIs and produce an issue brief with measures of student college success and the impact of faculty and curriculum.

"Faculty play an essential role in the academic success of students at all institutions. This examination of the capacities and intentional efforts of faculty within today's HSIs to support student success, will lead to insights which can be useful to all institutions focused on serving Latino student success." said Sarita Brown, President of Excelencia in Education.

The ECMC Foundation promotes evidence-based innovation that inspires improvements in education outcomes, particularly for underserved communities. "ECMC Foundation is supporting this work because we recognize that there are multiple factors that bolster student persistence toward a college degree, not the least of which is seeing faculty who represent and share experiences similar to members of the student body." said Sarah Belnick of the ECMC Foundation.

About Excelencia in Education
Excelencia in Education accelerates higher education success for Latino students by promoting Latino student achievement, conducting analysis to inform educational policies, and advancing institutional practices while collaborating with those committed and ready to meet the mission. Launched in 2004 in the nation's capital, Excelencia is building a network of results-oriented educators and policymakers to address the U.S. economy's need for a highly educated workforce and engaged civic leadership. For more information, visit

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