Please join us in congratulating Hilda Cecilia Contreras Aguirre, Roman Torres and Stephen Luis of the First Islander Scholars' Academy program. Cecilia, Roman, and Stephen are doctoral students in the College of Education and Human Development specializing in Educational Leadership. Having passed their comprehensive exams with flying colors, Roman and Stephen are steadfastly working to complete their dissertations with the goal of earning their EdD in May 2018.  Kudos to Cecilia, Roman, and Stephen on their efforts and professional development; best wishes to such strong and personable team.


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Hilda Cecilia Contreras Aguirre

Cecilia submitted a research paper that was published in College Student Journal, v51 n1. It is “Experiences of International Female Students in U.S. Graduate Programs.” Also, her Master’s thesis titled "Autoréférentiel de l'UTC relatif à la formation et à la recherche", from the Université de Technologie de Compiègne (UTC), France, has been chosen to be published by Éditions Universitaires Européennes.




Roman Torres

Roman Torres was unanimously voted to the Board of Directors for the Coastal Bend Council for Independent Living (CBCIL). The CBCIL is a non-profit organization designed specifically to assist individuals with cross disabilities in establishing independent lives. Roman has recently held a public seminar Concussions in Youth Sports. The seminar focused on the research and practice of health care professionals in proper identification and care of concussions.




Stephen Luis

Steve will be presenting a research paper entitled "Experiences affecting retention of Latino Males in Higher Education: Responding to a Society's Need" at the American Educational Research Association Conference (AERA) in San Antonio in April. Steve has also submitted another research paper entitled “Latino Males: Gaining Access in Higher Education” to the Journal of Latinos in Higher Education for publication. He presented that research paper in November 2015 at the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Conference in Denver, Colorado.