Wednesday, January 21, 2015

CSUMB's Maria Villaseñor earns national honor

Maria Villaseñor, associate professor and coordinator of the First-Year Seminar program at Cal State Monterey Bay, has received national recognition as an outstanding champion for freshmen students.

Villaseñor is one of 10 recipients in the country chosen as “Outstanding First-Year Advocates” by the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience at the University of South Carolina. She was selected from a group of 116 educators nominated by their colleges and universities.

She will be recognized for her commitment to student success at a conference next month in Dallas.

“Professor Villaseñor has distinguished herself as an effective and tireless advocate for first-year students, especially first-generation students and those from disadvantaged backgrounds,” Provost Bonnie Irwin said in her letter of nomination.

“Students and instructors alike are effusive in their praise of Professor Villaseñor’s work in support of student success.”

In addition to her work with the First-Year Seminar program, Villaseñor teaches classes in the Division of Humanities and Communication in Chicano Studies and literature. She holds a Ph.D. in ethnic studies from the University of California, Berkeley.

She's also the mother of two lovely girls, twins. How do you do it all, Maria? Felicidades, mujer!

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