We are pleased to announce that Dr. Maria Yareli Delgado, inaugural Senior Director of Hispanic Serving Institutions Services at The University of Texas at Arlington, has been selected as a Hispanic Lifestyle 2023 Latina of Influence. Dr. Delgado will be recognized for her leadership in our community during Hispanic Lifestyle’s Connecting Latinas of Influence – Dallas/Fort Worth event on October 11, 2023.
Dr. Maria Yareli Delgado was appointed as the inaugural Senior Director of Hispanic Serving Institutions Services at The University of Texas at Arlington in March 2023. In this role she founded the Hispanic Serving Institutions Services (HSIs) area with the purpose of institutionalizing an HSI identity that focuses on Servingness with intentionality across the university and community. HSIs ideology of Servingness focuses on themes such as HSI Cultural Events, HSI Resources Support, Academic HSI, HSI Branding, and HSI Partnerships that that will transform UTA into a Hispanic Thriving Institution. She also serves as a Research Associate at UTA’s Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS) and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (ELPS)-College of Education. Dr. Delgado served as Visiting Assistant Professor in the UTA’s College of Education and is the founder and co-coordinator of the Hispanic Serving Graduate Leadership Certificate. Dr. Delgado has over fifteen years of experience in community college administration (academic affairs and student services). Prior to coming to UTA, Dr. Delgado was an administrator at Tarrant County College- Southeast. She led the Supplemental Instruction Program and Hispanic Serving Initiatives. In addition, she served as coordinator of academic programs and adjunct faculty at Dallas College-Northlake Campus. She holds degrees from The University of Texas at Arlington (Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies), University of North Texas (Masters of Higher Education), University of Texas at Arlington (Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies), and Dallas College-North Lake Campus (Associates Degree of Arts in Bilingual Education).
Dr. Delgado’s research examines three interconnected lines of inquiry (1) Hispanic Serving Institutions: defining servingness and experiences of Latino faculty at Hispanic Serving Institutions, (2) Leadership: experiences of women of color leading community colleges, and (3) Latinx Students: experiences of first-generation Latinx community college students and Early Collegiate High Schools. Currently, Dr. Delgado is researching the sacrifices that students had to make to attend an Early College High School. Dr. Delgado’s research has appeared in journals including The Community College Journal of Research and Practice. She has also been invited to publish in the Revista de Psicología del Deporte (Journal of Sport Psychology).
Nomination submitted by, Michele Bobadilla, M.Ed, D.Litt (hc)