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 Reframing Who and How We Serve

Deborah A. Santiago is the co-founder, Chief Operating Officer and Vice President for Policy at Excelencia in Education. For more than 20 years, she has led research and policy efforts from the community to national and federal levels to improve educational opportunities and success for all students. She co-founded Excelencia in Education to inform policy and practice, compel action, and collaborate with those committed and ready to act to increase student success.

Among her experiences, Deborah has worked in federal government as a policy analyst at the Congressional Research Service addressing legislative issues in higher education and at the U.S. Department of Education informing program and budget efforts in the Office of Postsecondary Education. She also served as the Deputy Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans working with federal agencies and communities across the nation to improve awareness and education opportunities for Latinos. Among Deborah’s community work, she has provided program design and implementation for the ASPIRA Association and translated data for community engagement as the Vice President for Research and Data at the Los Angeles Alliance for Student Achievement.

Her current research focuses on state and federal policy, financial aid, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, evaluation of effective institutional practices, and student success in higher education. She is a Pahara fellow and serves on the board of the National Student Clearinghouse, and the advisory board of thedream.us.

Save the dates

Black Lives Matter: February 1, 2017
Jonathan Walton: March 7, 2017
Michela Andreatta: March 15, 2017

Sponsored by the Center for Ideas & Society through a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Part of the Mellon Advancing Intercultural Studies Project

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