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Dr. Vasti Torres will be speaking of the Latinx experience at the University of Georgia as a Double Dawg and now alumna. Dr. Torres received her M.Ed. in 1986 in student personnel in higher education and a Ph.D. in 1997 in counseling and student affairs administration from the University of Georgia 

Dr. Torres is a professor of higher education and student affairs and former Dean of the College of Education at the University of South Florida. Previously she was professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and Director of the Center for Postsecondary Research (CPR) in the School of Education at Indiana University. Before becoming a faculty member, she had 15 years of experience in student services positions. She has been the Principal Investigator for several grants including a multi-year grant investigating the choice to stay in college for Latino students as well as a multi-year grant looking at the experiences of working college students. She has worked on several community college initiatives including Achieving the Dream, Rural Community College Initiative, and Building Engagement and Attainment for Minority Students initiative. She served as the Associate Editor of the Journal of College Student Development from 2008-2015. She is active in several higher education and student affairs associations and in 2007 – 2008 she became the first Latina president of a national student services association – ACPA. She has been honored as a Diamond Honoree, Senior Scholar, Wise Woman, and the Latino Network John Hernandez Leadership Award by the American College Personnel Association. Other honors include the Contribution to Literature and Knowledge Award from NASPA, Professional Achievement Alumni Award from the University of Georgia, and Program Associate for the National Center for Policy in Higher Education. In 2008 she received the Indiana University Trustees Teaching Award and in 2011-2012 she served as a Fulbright Specialist in South Africa. Torres is a graduate of Stetson University and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia.

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