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2020 Annual Conference Plenary Speaker Announced

Wednesday, February 12, 2020  
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February 12, 2020

The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) has confirmed Sylvia Hurtado, Ph.D., as a plenary speaker at the 2020 NPA Annual Conference. The conference will take place March 27 - 29, 2020, at the Marriott Mission Valley Hotel in San Diego, CA.

Hurtado is a professor in the Graduate School of Education and Information, and served as director of the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles for more than a decade. Previous to UCLA, she also served as director of the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education at the University of Michigan. She has written extensively on campus climate, the experiences of underrepresented identity groups in college, and diversity in higher education. She has over 100 publications, seven books/monographs, and co-edited two books that won awards from the International Latino Book Awards in 2016 for 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) in 2017. She received the 2018 Social Justice in Education Award from the American Educational Research Association; the 2015 Research Award from the Division J, and was named an AERA fellow in 2011. She served as president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) in 2005. She has led several federally-funded (NIH, NSF, IES) projects on diverse learning environments and student retention, STEM education and diversification of the scientific workforce, and innovation in undergraduate education. Her most recent work involves collaborating with scholars to advance culturally aware mentoring practices and assessment in graduate institutions. She was a member of the consensus panel, recently released NASEM report, The Science of Effective Mentoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine, and Mathematics (STEMM).

Hurtado grew up in San Antonio, Texas and received a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University in sociology; a Master of Education in administration and social policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education; and a doctoral degree from UCLA in education.