Avanzando scholars recognized

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Six 2013 graduates recognized for accomplishments

Six Avanzando scholars from the University of Missouri-Kansas City were recognized for their accomplishments and upcoming graduation at a special reception in the Student Union.

Established in 2011, Avanzando currently supports 50 recipients of the Hispanic Development Fund and the Agapito Mendoza scholarships in their academic and career pursuits. This retention and graduation program is a partnership between the UMKC Division of Diversity, Access and Equity and the Hispanic Development Fund and includes academic support, mentoring and enhanced access to campus and community resources.

The students honored at the event are:

Pio Gasca, Bachelor of Arts, English-Creative Writing; and Bachelor of Arts, History

Cristal Hernandez, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and Chemistry

Douglas (Giovanny) Martinez, Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, Minor Criminal Justice

Marco (Tony) Navarro, Bachelor of Business Administration, Marketing

Cristina Ortiz, Bachelor of Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Anabel Vargas, Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education

“I’m privileged to work with these students who are so passionate about their education and serving their home communities. They are adding to a larger national/global conversation.  I know Avanzando scholars will continue to make contributions long after graduation that will lead to stronger, more vital and equitable communities,” said Marji Datwyler, director of Avanzando.

The program goals include increasing retention, improving graduation rates and assuring successful transitions of students into graduate school and/or career positions.

“UMKC is fortunate to have amazing scholars who contribute to academic excellence, leadership, research and community service. Diversity adds to the vitality and success of our academic programs and to our future success as an institution readying students for the diverse workforce they will undoubtedly encounter,” said Kristi Ryujin, assistant vice chancellor of diversity initiatives.


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