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Sylvia Hurtado

Department: Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
Keywords: Latin America, Education, Mexico

Sylvia Hurtado is a Professor of Education in the School of Education and Information Studies and directed the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA for over a decade. She has written extensively on diverse students’ college experiences, the campus racial climate, STEM pathways for underrepresented groups, and equity and diversity in higher education. In addition to many publications in these areas, she is co-editor of books that won International Latino Book Awards: Hispanic Serving institutions: Advancing Research and Transformative Practice (Routledge Press), and The Magic Key: The Educational Journey of Mexican Americans from K-12 to College and Beyond (University of Texas Press).

She was elected to the National Academy of Education in 2019; received the 2018 Social Justice in Education Award from the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and the 2015 Exemplary Research Achievement award from Division J. She is past President of the Association for the Study of Higher Education. She directed multimillion dollar, NIH-funded projects to study the long term effects of undergraduate education and diversification of the scientific workforce. She now engages in collaborative work with UCLA’s Center for Evaluation and Coordination, conducts research on the organizational impact of culturally aware mentor training for graduate program faculty in the biomedical sciences, and directs a Howard Hughes Medical Institute project on how student-centered interventions at universities result in diversity and inclusion in science.

Her early engagement as a first generation college student led to roles in college admissions, graduate admissions and student support, and her developing interest in higher education as a field of study.