The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) named Sergio Pérez (’13), director of inclusion & advocacy, as one of 25 fellows who will be part of the third cohort of its Leadership Academy/La Academia de Liderazgo. The program is designed to increase diverse representation in executive and senior-level positions in higher education.
The Leadership Academy/La Academia de Liderazgo seeks to increase the number of talented individuals who aspire to leadership positions at Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) and Emerging HSIs. Fellows participate in an array of leadership development activities to prepare them for leadership roles in the full spectrum of institutions of higher learning with an emphasis on HSIs and Emerging HSIs.
“I am excited and honored to represent Loras College as a HACU fellow,” Pérez said. “I look forward to connecting and learning from other Latinx education professionals from across the country. Supporting Latinx students includes being in community with Latinx professionals who do this work day in and day out. I have zero doubts La Academia de Liderazgo will be a life-changing and empowering experience with the potential to have a lasting positive effect for our Latinx and other communities of color on campus!”
Pérez received his undergraduate B.A. degree from Loras with double majors in Political Science and International Studies before securing an M.S.Ed. in Student Affairs Administration from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse. He is currently a doctoral candidate in Higher Education Leadership at Edgewood College in Madison, Wis.
The one-year fellowship program will include three seminars with the first taking place in October 2021, in conjunction with HACU’s Annual Conference, “35 Years of Championing Hispanic Higher Education Success.” The second seminar will lead into HACU’s Annual Capitol Forum on Hispanic Higher Education in April 2022. The third seminar will be held in late spring or early summer of 2022, with a focus on international collaboration.
More than a dozen nationally recognized current and emeriti presidents and senior-level administrators serve on the faculty. Mentorship with a university president is a key component, as well as the development of a special project designed to have an impact at the Fellow’s current institution.
HACU, founded in 1986, represents more than 500 colleges and universities in the United States, Latin America, Spain and school districts throughout the U.S. The mission of HACU is to Champion Hispanic Success in Higher Education. HACU is the only national association representing existing and emerging Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs).