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LMU’s AVP of Intercultural Affairs Honored


LMU’s AVP of Intercultural Affairs Honored

Marshall Sauceda, associate vice president of intercultural affairs at LMU, was honored with the WESTOP Achiever’s Award at the 30th annual Western Association of Educational Opportunity Personnel (WESTOP) conference on April 7.

WESTOP is a regional organization composed primarily of education professionals who work with the federal government’s TRIO programs in California, Nevada, Arizona and the Pacific Islands. The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) TRIO programs help identify and support students from economically or educationally disadvantaged populations to gain acceptance in college and succeed after enrollment. WESTOP presents awards annually to former TRIO students, such as Sauceda, who distinguish themselves in their professional fields after graduating from college.

Sauceda plays a vital role in supervising four LMU departments designed to help international and ethnic minority students succeed academically and socially. “LMU is a better place because Marshall is here. He is fiercely committed to the ideals of social justice in general and educational equity in particular,” said Norma Romero, director of LMU’s Upward Bound program. Upward Bound is one of the DOE’s TRIO programs.

As a beneficiary and alumnus of Upward Bound himself, Sauceda serves as a prime example of how students who face obstacles to success in college — few economic resources, disabilities, or a family with little or no history of pursuing a college education — can succeed and pave a better path for later generations. Sauceda was in Upward Bound before attending and graduating from the University of Oregon.

“Ask him what Upward Bound did for him and he’ll tell you that he wouldn’t be where he is now without the structure, support and guidance provided to him by the program,” explained Romero. “He ‘made it’ despite his surroundings and the expectations, or lack thereof, of his community and school and has spent his adult life helping others do the same. He is the perfect example of what we as TRIO personnel are trying in produce in our own programs.”

Sauceda flew to Hawaii earlier last week to attend the WESTOP conference and to receive his award.

To learn more about LMU’s Upward Bound Program, please visit http://www.lmu.edu/ub.