The University of Texas-Pan American Educational Leadership Doctoral Program has spent this summer promoting its program, hosted internships and welcoming its second cohort of students.
Dr. Maricela Oliva, program director, was keynote speaker at a recent Valley Alliance of Mentors for Opportunities and Scholarships (VAMOS) Scholarship Awards Banquet in McAllen. Eleven recent high school graduates received four-year scholarships for UTPA, Yale, Columbia, UT Austin, Rice University, St. Mary's University and others.
Oliva also attended the Hispanic Border Leadership Institute Scholars' and Directors' Meeting in Tempe, Ariz., to promulgate academic discussion and thinking on several key Latino education issues. These issues included distance education, community college transfer, philanthropy and the superintendency.
Dr. Gloria Rodríguez, formerly of UT El Paso and now at California State University-Hayward, conducted a writing workshop at UTPA for HBLI fellows and other doctoral students. The workshop focused on the demands of writing a dissertation proposal, the resulting student anxieties and how to overcome those anxieties.
During her visit, Rodriguez made an evening presentation on "Latino Dropouts: Implications for Texas Educational Accountability Policy." She highlighted and academic review of the literature on the topic she recently conducted with colleague Dr. Russell Rumberger.
Meanwhile, HBLI members are participating in their required doctoral internships during the first summer sessions. They include M. Cristina Cavazos, Port Isabel Independent School District Superintendent's Office; Manuel Gutiérrez, Centro Urbano Educacion Publica (CUEP) in Reynosa, Mexico; Lisa Irby, Public Education Network in Washington, D. C.; Diana Ramírez, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD Service Center in San Juan; Alfredo Salinas, UTPA Recruitment and Retention Office; and Glendelia Zavala, Mexican-American Women's National Association in Washington, D. C.
In addition, the second full cohort of UTPA's stand-alone Educational Leadership Doctoral Program began studies this summer. Twenty-two new students from across the region are taking courses this summer as a foundation for the rest of their program of studies. Faculty members for the summer include Oliva, Dr. Ben Harris and Dr. Chad Richardson.
The new cohort of students are Nereida "Nelly" Cantu and Richard Steele, Donna ISD; Maricela Cortez, PSJA ISD; Kathy de la Pena, Region I Educational Service Center; Norma Linda Gallegos and Kathy Miller, McAllen ISD; Viola Garza and Elias Villarreal, UTPA; Aliber Lozano, UTPA GEAR UP Project; Mary Helen Lucio, Minerva Villarreal and Cesar Martinez, Brownsville ISD; Rosemarie Maciel and Matthew Meyers, Valley View ISD; Melissa Martinez, Sharyland ISD; Sandra Estrada, Mission ISD; Rolando Rios, La Joya ISD; Sylvia Rios, Jim Hogg County ISD; Sandra Rodriguez, Edinburg ISD; Patti Ross, Mercedes ISD; Rosalina Ruiz, Texas Youth Commission Evins Regional Juvenile Center; and Raymond Villarreal, Weslaco ISD.