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CSUF President García Named Woman of the Year

Multiple Accolades for Cal State Fullerton's Leader

May 1, 2013

CSUF President Mildred García will be honored May 17 by the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation with its Woman of the Year Award.

She is among five "extraordinary women" scheduled to receive the award at the foundation's 35th National Latina Conference. Honorees are being saluted for serving as role models and leaders in the areas of education, arts, sciences and overall leadership.

Conference materials note that "Dr. García welcomes the opportunity to speak with other Latinas, and she openly shares her journey of achieving higher education and the process of achieving her goals." The all-day event in Montebello is one of the largest of its kind, where more than 2,000 professional, college and high school Latinas gather to gain insights on career advancement, personal growth and policy issues affecting Latinas.

Honored by Congresswoman Sanchez

On April 30, García was among "four extraordinary women leaders" in Orange County honored by Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez. As part of Women's History Month, Sanchez recognized the contributions and success of OC women in the areas of health, business, education and nonprofit management.

"Dr. García's strong commitment to building multicultural alliances and coalitions has strengthened opportunities for students, institutions and communities at large," said Sanchez.

Honored with her was CSUF graduate Arianna P. Barrios '92 (B.A. communications-public relations), owner of Barrios & Associates and president of the Rancho Santiago Community College District Board of Trustees.

Latina's 25 Influential Latinos

Latina magazine's April 15 issue includes the CSUF president on its list of "25 Influential Latinos You've Probably Never Heard Of," which showcases CEOs, authors, lawyers, media figures and a Nobel Prize honoree.

"García is living the American Dream as the first Latina to hold the post of President at Cal State Fullerton in the county's largest state university system. Her mission is to stress the importance of education ... " the article states.

Diverse Issues in Higher Ed's Top 25

García is also among the women featured in Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine's "Top 25 Women in Higher Education."

"Leading one of the largest and most diverse universities in the western United States, García has a strong commitment to multicultural alliances and a belief that these coalitions strengthen institutions and communities, as well as students," the March 14 article reports.

By: Paula Selleck, 657-278-4856

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