Celebrating Diversity

Being the first in your family to go to college means you must be a pioneer, blazing your own trail and finding your way through the experience with no markers to follow. In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the university will present a panel discussion focusing on the personal journeys of three Latinx women who navigated their way through higher education as first-generation students and chose a career related to the field of education. They will talk about the challenges they faced as students and the challenges faced today by the students they work with in their respective roles.


About the Panelists

Annie Foster Ahmed has been with the Center for Academic Success since 2014, helping undergraduate and graduate students develop effective learning strategies, persistence, and leadership skills. Before that, she served as associate director for pre-college programs at University of Maryland, College Park, responsible for programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education for low-income and first-generation college students.

Gloria Aparicio Blackwell has worked at University of Maryland, College Park, and is the founding director of the Office of Community Engagement, building bridges between the university and surrounding communities. Her primary role is to contribute to the university's commitment to the land grant mission and overall efforts to make Greater College Park a top-tier college town.

Griselda Macias has more than a decade of experience advocating for students through their postsecondary programs. Currently she serves as the program director for New Futures, a social justice nonprofit organization that works to propel young people of color through short-term postsecondary degree programs and into rewarding careers. Before that, she was the college access coordinator at the Latin American Youth Center, providing mentorship, financial aid, and readiness support.

Please join us for this special online event


Friday, September 17, 2021
Noon–1 p.m. ET


Online via Zoom

You must register to attend. Login information will be emailed to you.

Presented by the Office of Diversity and Equity