Dr. Juliet Garcia: Creating Next Generation Leaders.

Author:Almanza, Lorenzo

In 2016, the Pew Research Center reported that 3.6 million Latinos were enrolled in U.S. public and private colleges. This was seen as a huge stride for the Latino Community, who in 1999 only had 1.3 million students enrolled. One individual who has been trying to not only enroll but graduate and impact Latino students is Dr. Juliet Garcia, a former Senior Advisor to the Chancellor of the UT System and now a professor at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

One thing that distinguishes Dr. Garcia from other women is the difference she made and continues to make in the Latino education field. During her time as President at the University of Texas in Brownsville--Texas Southmost College (UTB-TSC), the school made drastic strides.

"I began as a member of the faculty, eventually became an academic dean and then was chosen to become its president," Dr. Garcia said. "I served for 28 years as a president and had the privilege of being named the first Latina in the United States to be named as a university president."

The University of Texas System utters how the former UTB-TSC president helped prosper the university's population and graduation rate by nearly double in size.

Prosperity seemed to be the norm for Dr. Garcia. In 2009, Time Magazine recognized Dr. Garcia as one of the 10 Best College Presidents. In its report, Time described how UTB-TSC was the result of an amazing partnership between a 65-year-old community college and the University of Texas System.

The Texas Women's Hall of Fame reported that Dr. Garcia's jointed UTB and Texas Southmost College (TSC) in hopes of bringing together various resources, improving education and eliminating any kind of problems for students in the Lower Rio Grande Valley that might have prevented future students from going to college.

The Texas Women Hall of Fame 2000 Inductee entered the education spectrum due to the fact that her family struggled to get her and her younger

siblings into an education past high school. Both of her parents excelled while in high school, but because they graduated during the Great Depression, neither had the opportunity to attend college.

"It has always deeply concerned me that many others, just like my parents, never had the opportunity to go to college. Not because they...

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