Serrata’s expertise in serving minority students will be highlighted at a national forum. The Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CSMI) in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania selected Serrata as a Presidential Mentor for mid-career aspiring leaders at the second Minority Servicing Institutions Aspiring Leaders Forum.
The forum, slated for Nov. 1-3, will include a range of sessions such as fiscal management, strategic fundraising, presidential fit and crisis communication.
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Dr. William Serrata has provided
enrollment management leadership in student retention.
After that, aspiring leaders and their presidential mentors-high-level leaders from MSIs and the business and nonprofit sectors- will participate in one-on-one mentoring relationships over two years managed by CMSI.
“Ultimately, this program seeks to equip individuals, often on the periphery of discussions on leadership, with the skills, knowledge and network to lead institutions that serve students that are the most in need,” CMSI Director Dr. Marybeth Gasman said.
“Because this program aims to alter what leadership looks like across the landscape of higher education, the forum acts as a hub for innovation and each aspiring leader and mentor were hand-selected for their eagerness to become trailblazers.
” Dr. Serrata has provided enrollment management leadership in fostering enrollment growth as well as increases in student retention, dual credit enrollment, and graduation rates with an emphasis on first-generation and Hispanic populations and establishing a college-going culture.
Serrata is an active member of the El Paso community and currently serves as a member of the Board for Workforce Solutions Borderplex, Board of Directors for the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Directors of the United Way of El Paso, the Board of Directors of the Hispanic of Commerce, the list goes on.
Under Dr. Serrata’s leadership, the Aspen Institute announced that EPCC was named one of the 10 nation-wide finalists for the 2015 Aspen Prize for community college excellence which recognizes a college’s impact on student success.
Currently EPCC was chosen as a finalists for the Seal of Excelencia from Excelencia in Education. In order to achieve this institutions such as EPCC need to demonstrate an intentional impact and success in the
three core areas of work that Excelencia has determined that lead to Latino student success: data, practice, and leadership.