EMPLOYMENT: Professor Emeritus of Higher Education, College of Education and Human Development, The University of Texas at San Antonio.

EXPERTISE: Diversity in education; college access programs; data analysis and research; student retention and success; 

Laura I. Rendón is Professor Emeritus of Higher Education in the College of Education and Human Development at The University of Texas at San Antonio. Rendón earned a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She holds a M.A. in counseling and guidance and psychology from Texas A&M University-Kingsville. She earned a B.A. in English and journalism from the University of Houston, and holds an associate of arts degree from San Antonio College. Rendón also attended Laredo Community College.

Rendón is an active scholar whose research has been published in key education research journals. She is also the author of Sentipensante (Sensing/Thinking) Pedagogy: Educating for Wholeness, Social Justice and Liberation. Moreover, she is co-editor of books and monographs including: 1) Transforming the First Year of College for Students of Color, 2) Educating a New Majority, 3) Introduction to American Higher Education, and 4) Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Higher Education ASHE Reader.

She is one of the founders and former Board Chair of the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (Washington, DC) focused on providing access to college for low-income students. She has also served on the Board of Trustees for Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. Further, Rendón has designed and coordinated the yearly Latino/a Student Success Institute for the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education.