- Hispanic students
- Race and diversity
Sarita E. Brown is founding president of Excelencia in Education, a nonprofit organization accelerating Latino success in higher education by linking research, policy and practice to serve Latino students. She has spent more than three decades at prominent national educational institutions and at the highest levels of government working to implement effective strategies to raise academic achievement and opportunity for low-income and minority students. She started her career at the University of Texas at Austin by building a national model promoting minority success in graduate education. In 1997 Brown was appointed executive director of the White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans under President Bill Clinton and U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Rile. She co-founded Excelencia in 2004 and has received national honors for her work, including the Harold G. McGraw Jr. Prize in Education. She serves on the boards of directors of ACT, Catch the Next, Editorial Projects in Education and Excelencia in Education. She holds a bachelor’s degree in ethnic studies as well as a bachelor’s and master’s in communication from the University of Texas at Austin.