Mayra Olivares-Urueta enters NCCHC Leadership Fellows Program

Doctoral Alumna Mayra Olivares-Urueta was selected to join the 2015 class of the National Community College Hispanic Council (NCCHC) Leadership Fellows Program. The program is designed to address the lack of Hispanic leaders in American community colleges.

"Being part of the NCCHC leadership fellows 2015 is an exciting opportunity, especially at a time when the national spotlight is on community colleges. I am invigorated by the national discourse surrounding these important institutions and am proud to be part of a leadership fellowship program which seeks to equip future community college leaders who self-identify as Latino/Latina," said Olivares-Urueta.

The 2015 Leadership Fellows Program recently finished its first seminar. The program will last a year and include topical speakers and group exercises designed to expand leadership abilities, as well as a mentoring component.

The program was established in 1985. Since then, over a quarter of the original Fellows have become community college presidents while many others have taken high-level positions in community colleges.

Olivares-Urueta completed her doctorate in higher education at UNT in 2012. She is currently the director of student development services at Tarrant County College.

More information about the NCCHC Leadership Fellows Program can be found at their website.

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