Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

From the Scholars' Corner

Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

From the Scholars' Corner

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This past spring, I attended the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education Annual Conference as a Graduate Fellow. I did not know what to expect. I was recommended to the conference by a faculty member and by former participants. They all told me it was a great space. Nonetheless, I was hesitant because I consider myself an introvert, and conferences are overwhelming to me. The AAHHE conference, however, proved to be different; it was an amazing experience that was neither overwhelming nor did I feel the anxiety of networking. It felt like a family reunion even though beforehand I did not have substantial relationships with anyone at the conference. The conversations and mentoring at AAHHE were organic, and I felt like everyone had the fellows' best interests in mind.

Before AAHHE, I felt content. I am working toward a PhD in educational leadership and policy at the University of Utah. Arriving in Utah a few years back, faculty members such as Drs. Enrique Aleman, Octavio Villalpando, and Maria Ledesma, among others, welcomed me and offered me opportunities normally not offered to master's students. Additionally, my fellow graduate students welcomed me into their community. Most importantly, the people in Utah demonstrated that I was not alone in my education journey. AAHHE has now done the same, but at a national level. I was amazed to have the opportunity to meet and work with scholars I have followed for years and to put faces to the names on the many articles and book chapters I have read. …

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