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Maria Mata, project coordinator in the Department of Educational Policy Studies and Practice, earned an award from the American College Personnel Association's Latin@/x Network during the association's annual conference in Boston in March. Mata was named the association's 2019 Outstanding New Professional.
The American College Personnel Association aims to foster student learning by providing outreach, advocacy, research, and professional development. The association's Latin@/x Network provides Latino-focused professional development programs and networking opportunities.
The network's Outstanding New Professional award "highlights a professional who has made a commitment to the long-term enhancement of the Latin@/x Community." Mata is program coordinator for the Department of Educational Policy Studies and Practice's Upward Bound program, which supports underrepresented, low-income and first-generation high school students during their transition to college.
"Without a doubt, she excels in this position as she can relate to students, and identify inequalities in education, student needs, and enrollment management practices," Mata's nominator wrote.
-As written by UA Communications for UA@Work.