Outstanding Alumna Award

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Sarita Brown is congratulated by Victoria Rodriguez                         Sarita Brown is congratulated by April Juarez                         April Juarez receives congratulations from Victoria Rodriguez

Sarita Brown receives her 2004 award for Outstanding Alumna from
Vice Provost and Graduate Dean Victoria Rodríguez (left),
Sarita Brown is congratulated by April Juarez (center),
and April Juarez, recipient of the Sarita E. Brown Fellowship, is congratulated by Victoria Rodríguez (right)

SARITA E. BROWN, Principal for The Excelencia Initiative at the Pew Hispanic Center in Washington, D.C., received her master's degree in Speech Communication from The University of Texas at Austin in 1985.  Her career in public service includes positions as President of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund Institute, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, and Senior Fellow in the Office of Minorities in Higher Education for the American Council on Education.

Ms. Brown has spent more than two decades at prominent national academic and educational institutions and in the highest levels of government, working to develop more effective approaches to raise academic achievement and create opportunities for low-income and minority students.  She has served on a number of national advisory committees and published a variety of papers on Hispanics and the educational experience.  She is the recipient of the Women of Distinction award from the American Association of University Women and the Outstanding Contribution to Higher Education award from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.

Ms. Brown received bachelor's degrees in Speech Communication and Ethnic Studies from UT Austin in 1978 and was Director of Minority Recruitment and founding Director of the Graduate Opportunity Program at the university.

The Graduate School has awarded the Sarita E. Brown Fellowship for 2004-2005 to April Juarez, a master's student in Communication Studies.

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