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Hispanic Border Leadership Institute selected doctoral fellows

L-R: Mariela Aime Rodriguez, Dolores Gross-Delgado, Eduardo Casillas Arellano and Rachel Ortiz are working toward doctoral degrees in educational administration.

Photo by Michael Kiernan.

Hispanics are the fastest growing minority group in the country, yet they receive fewer doctoral degrees than any other group. The Hispanic Border Leadership Institute at New Mexico State University aims to help change that statistic.

The institute has chosen four new Ph.D. students as W.K. Kellogg fellows at NMSU. The four join the six doctoral students who began their studies last year. The new students will be "change agents" for Hispanics, said Roy C. Rodriguez, NMSU director of HBLI.

The new students at NMSU are Rachel Ortiz, Dolores Gross-Delgado and Eduardo Casillas Arellano, all of El Paso, and Mariela Aime Rodriguez of Brownsville, Texas. The students will be working toward doctoral degrees in educational administration, Rodriguez said.

Through a national search, the institute selected the four to each receive $60,000 worth of support over three years of study at NMSU.

The institute hopes to bring about change in education by designing new approaches to the preparation of educational leaders, particularly for the public schools and community colleges of the Southwest border region, Rodriguez said.

Ortiz received her bachelor's degree in advertising from Texas Women's University in 1975, and her master's in management and human resources in 1995 from Webster University on the Fort Bliss campus.

Rodriguez graduated from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio in 1992 with a bachelor's degree in bilingual education and in 1997 received her master's in reading from the University of Texas at Brownsville. She also earned a master's in educational administration from Our Lady of the Lake University.

Gross-Delgado received her bachelor's degree in education counseling, and a minor in personnel and industrial relations, from the University of North Texas. Her master's degree in public administration is from the University of Texas at El Paso.

Arellano graduated from UTEP in 1993 with a bachelor's degree in political science and a minor in secondary education. He received his master's from UTEP in 1996 in public administration.

The HBLI received a $2.9 million, five-year grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation beginning with the 1996-97 academic year. The grant also supports institute partners Arizona State University, Southwest Texas State University and Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix. In the fall of 1999 the University of Southern California and the University of Texas-Pan American will join the institute and bring with them an additional $2 million from the Kellogg Foundation.