St. Thomas University Expands Minority Students Reach Plus Fellows Leadership Opportunities

November 12, 2010

MIAMI, (MetroCatholic) — Miami’s St. Thomas University was once again selected as a National Partner for the Cristo Rey Network that includes 24 Catholic high schools and 6,500 students. The University Partner Initiative, which includes Georgetown and Boston College, seeks to formalize strategic relationships with colleges and universities committed to supporting Cristo Rey Network students. The partnership is regarded as the platform upon which future programs will be built to ensure post-secondary access and success for Cristo Rey Network students.

“This partnership is an important aspect of St. Thomas University fulfilling its mission of Developing Leaders for Life,” says St. Thomas President, Monsignor Franklyn M. Casale. “Cristo Rey students represent the future of this nation and we are honored to partner in the preparation of the next generation of world leaders.  Cristo Rey Network students will be an important addition to our already diverse and talented student body.”

Expanding the leadership mission, new initiatives have been spearheaded through the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows program (NUFP), which mentors undergraduate students wishing to explore and get immersed in the student affairs field. Two STU students - Diego Sanchez and  David Brown - have been selected for the prestigious National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Undergraduate Fellows Program.  Both juniors and members of STU’s Student Government Association, Sanchez and Brown, will be mentored by Dr. Beatriz Gonzalez Robinson and Issac M. Carter, respectively.  Dr. Gonzalez Robinson is Vice President for Planning & Enrollment at St. Thomas and serves and the NASPA-FL Latino/a Knowledge Community Chair and Mr. Carter, Dean of Students for STU, serves and the Chair for the Men & Masculinities Knowledge Community, NASPA-FL. Students and mentors apply as a pair, and if selected are provided the foundation to establish a semi-structured mentoring relationship at their institution. Fellows are also given the opportunity to attend a national conference, participate in paid internships, and participate in the Summer Leadership Institute. The mission of the NUFP is to increase the number of historically disenfranchised and underrepresented professionals in student affairs and/or higher education.

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