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The Joaquin Bustoz Math-Science Honors Program (JBMSHP) was selected as a 2016 Examples of Excelencia finalist. Examples of Excelencia is the only national initiative to identify and promote programs and departments at the forefront of advancing educational achievement for Latino students in higher education. Through a comprehensive year-long process, promising practices at the associate, baccalaureate, and graduate levels in institutions of higher education and community-based organizations are recognized at the annual Celebración de Excelencia held in Washington, D.C. and cataloged in the Growing What Works Database. These programs are also promoted through events, online communications, and in the media. Supporters include educational, business, government, and philanthropic leaders who recognize the importance of engaging Latino talent to the country's full economic and civic strength.
The JBMSHP was recognized at the Celebración de Excelencia. This annual recognition of what works for Latino students in higher education elevates the goal of accelerating Latino student success to national prominence. The Celebración de Excelencia is held in the nation’s capital and is organized in cooperation with members of Congress, other elected officials, and educational leaders to honor evidence-based practices serving Latino and other students. Begun in 2007, Celebración de Excelencia has emerged as a catalyst for institutions and leaders to seek and apply asset-based strategies to accelerate Latino student success.
The JBMSHP was one of 20 programs selected as a finalist from over 190 nominations from across 33 states, DC and Puerto Rico. Finalists were chosen based on their evidence of effectiveness, sustainability, and efforts to accelerate Latino student success.
For more information on the Examples of Excelencia, click here.