2015 Bright Spots in Hispanic Education

The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics encourages the amplification of the Bright Spots in Hispanic Education. The initiative seeks to leverage these Bright Spots to encourage collaboration between stakeholders focused on similar issues in sharing data-driven approaches, promising practices, peer advice, and effective partnerships, ultimately resulting in increased support for the educational attainment of the Hispanic community. It was announced in September 2015 that ATE would be included in the Bright Spot online catalog. 


2015 White House Commitment to Action

In October 2014, the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics launched a Year of Action, and with it a national call for Commitment to Action in honor of its 25th anniversary. The Initiative challenged the public and private sectors to make meaningful and quantifiable contributions to expand and support the educational outcomes and opportunities for the Latino community. On October 15, 2015, President Obama announced 150 Commitments to Action programs. ATE answered the call and is featured among the Commitments to Action, committing over $500,000 to focus on Professional Development and Outreach through the annual Summer Bridging Institute (SBI). ATE makes a commitment to annually host the free, weeklong SBI for teacher candidates, novice teachers, and interested educators in an effort to recruit, support, and provide ongoing professional development to Latina/o teachers in our community.


2012 Example of ¡Excelencia! Finalist


¡Excelencia! held their 2012 Compendium in Washington D.C. to acknowledge and honor programs and departments that successfully serve Latino students. Of the 500 programs that have been nominated since 2005, over 100 have been chosen as outstanding models and resources for higher education success and contributions to continued research and education policy. ATE was honored as an Example of ¡Excelencia! Finalist at the Baccalaureate level in 2012. 159 programs were nominated with 16 finalists chosen. ¡Excelencia! in Education honored ATE’s efforts in Latino student’s financial concerns, educator preparation, informed quantitative and qualitative research, and creating functional relationships between community, schools and higher education institutions.


President’s Distinguished Diversity Award


ATE was honored with 33 other UTSA faculty and staff at the 2012 University Excellence Awards to receive the President’s Distinguished Diversity Award.



Dr. Belinda Bustos Flores

  • The 2015 American Education Research Association-Hispanic Research Issues SIG Elementary, Secondary, and Postsecondary Award 
  • The Texas Association for Bilingual Education (TABE) 2012 Higher Education Award
  • TABE 2012 Higher Education Honoree by the Texas Association for Bilingual Education.
  • Inducted into the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame in 2012



  • Congratulations Dr. Ellen Riojas Clark! A highly deserved recognition for one of the founding members of this AERA SIG, and a credit to UTSA – COEHD! Visit the Hispanic Research SIG site