Congratulations to Dr. Ignacio Hernández!
Dr. Hernández received this award because he has contributed significant research and publication that promote the understanding of Latinx/as/os in higher education. He also has the desire to learn in graduate and professional development environments and has served as a role model to Latinx/as/os in the higher education community.
“The awards committee identified your nomination as exemplifying extraordinary contributions to the field of higher education through your leadership and service in NASPA and in the Latinx/a/o Knowledge Community.” – LKC Awards Committee
The NASPA Annual Conference, held in Philadelphia, PA from March 3-7, is the largest conference of its kind for student affairs professionals to learn about advancement, health, and sustainability for their profession. Dr. Hernández attended the conference with Dr. Susana Hernández, also from Department of Educational Leadership in the Kremen School of Education and Human Development. They attended the NASPA Annual Conference with graduate students from the Master of Arts in Education, Higher Education, Administration and Leadership (HEAL) pathway program.
Dr. Hernández was actively involved at the conference in many ways. He participated in the following educational sessions:
The Role of AANAPISIs in Advancing Hmong Student Success
Fresno State’s Ignacio Hernández, Ph.D., assistant professor, Susana Hernández, Ph.D., assistant professor, and John Yang, HEAL graduate student, presented on the role of AANAPISIs in advancing Hmong student success. It is anticipated that Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) college student enrollment will increase by 35% over the next ten years. Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution’s (AANAPISI) are uniquely positioned to lead in advocating educational attainment for AAPI students.
Issues Impacting the Success of Latinx Student Affairs Professionals in Community College
Dr. Hernández, along with student affairs leaders from Suffolk County Community College (NY), Tarrant County College (TX) and Shoreline Community College (WA), spoke about the experiences of Latinx student affairs professionals’ experiences within community colleges. Latinx student enrollment is the second highest of all racial/ethnic groups and about half of Latinx students enroll in community colleges. Together the panel analyzed why Latinx professionals are crucial to our nation’s college completion goals and how practitioners can be transformational not only to student success, but to the academy.
Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions
Making the most of their trip, our Fresno State faculty and HEAL students visited the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions. CMSI director, Dr. Marybeth Gasman, along with Associate Directors Carolyn Nalewajko and Paola “Lola” Esmieu, graciously hosted Fresno State’s HEAL students. The visit included a tour of the center, a question and answer session, and was topped off by a pizza lunch! HEAL faculty and graduate students are very grateful to Dr. Gasman and her staff.