Student Affairs

Terry Piper Lecture Series

Monday, March 3, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, February 26, 2014.

Presentation: Northridge Center, University Student Union

Laura I. Rendón

Leveraging Student Strengths to Support Student Success

Laura RendonLaura I. Rendón is Professor of Higher Education in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Texas-San Antonio. She is also Co-Director of the Center for Research and Policy in Education.

Dr. Rendon is a specialist on issues of college preparation, persistence and graduation among students who are low income or perhaps the first in their families to attend college. A native of Laredo, Texas, Dr. Rendón is passionate about assisting students who, like her, grew up in poverty with hopes and dreams but not knowing how to realize them.

Dr. Rendón is credited with developing the theory of validation, which colleges and researchers have employed as a framework for working with and affirming students of color, many of whom are low-income and the first in their families to attend college.

Dr. Rendón earned a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She holds an M.A. in counseling, guidance and psychology from Texas A&M University-Kingsville. She earned a B.A. in English and journalism from the University of Houston, and holds an associate of arts degree from San Antonio College. Dr. Rendón also attended Laredo Community College.