2009 Annual Conference

Hear the 2009 Keynote Address by Sarita Brown

Latino Student Success and America's Future

We realize due to the current economy many of you were unable to attend the 2009 Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

As a result NACADA wanted to offer you an opportunity to watch an abridged version of the keynote address presented by Sarita Brown during the second general session of the conference.

We hope you enjoy this video presentation and look forward to seeing you at future Annual Conferences.

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Sarita Brown

Sarita E. Brown


Excelencia in Education

Washington, DC

Sarita E. Brown is President of Excelencia in Education, a 501(c) 3 organization working to accelerate Latino success in higher education by linking research, policy, and practice to serve Latino students. She has spent more than two decades at prominent national educational institutions and at the highest levels of government working to implement effective strategies to raise academic achievement and opportunity for low-income and minority students. She started her career at the University of Texas at Austin by building a national model promoting minority success in graduate education. Coming to the nation's capital in 1993 to work for educational associations, Ms. Brown was appointed as Executive Director of the White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans under President Bill Clinton and U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley. Maintaining her commitment to improving the quality of education, Ms. Brown applied her talents and experience to the not-for-profit sector and in 2004, founded Excelencia in Education.

Ms. Brown is active in national educational organizations and currently serves on the Board of Directors for ACT Inc., and the National College Access Network (NCAN). She serves on the advisory groups for Univision Communications Children's Programming, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, and the Journal of Hispanic Higher Education. In January 2009 Virginia Governor Tim Kaine appointed her to the Board of Visitors for Old Dominion University.

(2009) edited by Henry Cisneros and published by Arte Público Press . She holds a bachelor's of arts in ethnic studies and a bachelor's of science and master's of arts in communication from The University of Texas at Austin. In 2009, she will receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree from North Carolina State UniversityLatinos in the Nation's FutureAn outstanding public speaker, Ms Brown travels throughout the country to advocate for Latino college-going talent. Her writing on the topic includes her chapter; 'Making the Next Generation Our Greatest Resource' in