Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

AAHHE A Life-Changing Community

Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

AAHHE A Life-Changing Community

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Last year, I had the privilege of attending the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Edu_J cation (AAHHE) annual conference as a graduate fellow. I had attended the annual conference in prior years as a presenter, which had allowed me to understand AAHHE's mission to advance the careers of Latinxs in higher education. My University of Texas at Austin faculty advisor, Dr. Victor Sáenz, and my friend and colleague, Dr. José Del Real Viramontes, both former AAHHE fellows, introduced me to the AAHHE Graduate Student Fellows Program. As a result, I felt a strong desire to become a part of this unique community from the very beginning of my doctoral program.

In the fall of 2017, I received a phone call from Aurora Kamimura, the graduate fellows program chair, informing me that I had been selected as an AAHHE Graduate Fellow. This news was special to me for a variety of reasons. First, I appreciated the personal effort made by Aurora to call me to deliver the news. In many ways, this is representative of the broader culture of AAHHE, which is committed to foster a sense of comunidad and familia. This is important to me because as a doctoral student, I often deal with a tremendous amount of insecurity and the so-called "imposter syndrome." Becoming a graduate fellow was reassuring. It removed any doubts that I could, in fact, belong to the greater higher education scholarly community. Lastly, to make the news even better, I happened to be with my parents, who were visiting me in Austin from out of the country, when I received the phone call. …

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