Enrique Murillo, a professor of education at Cal State San Bernardino and executive director of the university’s Latino Education and Advocacy Days, has been named president of the Southern California Consortium of Hispanic Serving Institutions.
The consortium, which was created to increase Latino empowerment through higher education, is made up of colleges and universities in Southern California that have been designated as Hispanic-Serving Institutions by the federal Department of Education. Currently, there are 63 Hispanic-Serving Institutions in the region, the largest concentration of such institutions in the United States.
Murillo, who was named president of the consortium in May, replaces outgoing president Daniel Loera, director of multicultural services at the University of La Verne.
Murillo said one of his first tasks was to invite the consortium’s members and institutional leaders to hold a meeting at CSUSB this fall.
Cal State San Bernardino has been involved in the consortium since it was in the planning stages. William Aguilar, now vice president emeritus at CSUSB, served as its first president in 2004. The current CSUSB representative to the consortium is Frank Rincon, the vice president of student services who will retire this summer.
Murillo is the founder of LEAD, which is housed in CSUSB’s College of Education. LEAD was launched in 2009 to promote a broad-based awareness of issues impacting Latino education and to enhance the intellectual, cultural and personal development of our community’s educators, administrators, leaders, parents and students.
He has served at Cal State San Bernardino since 1999 and is a full professor in the College of Education’s educational psychology and counseling department. Murillo is also the founding editor of the Journal of Latinos and Education and editor-in-chief of the Handbook of Latinos and Education.
Murillo has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, a master’s degree in educational foundations from Cal State Los Angeles and a doctorate in philosophy in social foundations of education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The consortium’s goal is to increase the access, retention and success of Latino students in higher education; partner and network to secure funding for member institutions; advance the development of Latino leadership at member institutions; serve as the venue for sharing information on funding, legislation and other matters that advance the interests of member institutions; collaborate with communities, businesses, government and other organizations to leverage resources, support and improve resource development and staff development, including sharing best practices and strategies; and support and work collaboratively with state- and national-level organizations, agencies, and associations who share a common interest and mission to support Hispanic Serving Institutions and/or underserved populations in higher education.
For more information on the consortium, visit the Southern California Consortium of Hispanic-Serving Institutions website.
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