The 40th Pullias Lecture: Pursuing Equity in Higher Education Using a Latino Lens — March 27, 2018

The 40th Pullias Lecture: Pursuing Equity in Higher Education Using a Latino Lens — March 27, 2018

The 40th Pullias Lecture — featuring keynote speaker Sarita E. Brown, the founding President of Excelencia in Education — happens Tuesday, March 27, 2018, on USC’s University Park Campus.

Dedicated to the memory of Earl V. Pullias, the Pullias Lecture brings to campus a nationally recognized scholar to enrich the ongoing academic dialogue on significant topics in higher and postsecondary education.

Free registration is now open. (Lunch will be provided.)

RSVP here or call Diane Flores at 213-740-7218 by March 9, 2018, to reserve your spot.

Members of the media: Email Siel Ju at for a media pass.

Host: USC Pullias Center for Higher Education

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USC Town and Gown (TGF), 665 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90089


Guest check-in

Welcome Address by Dean Karen Gallagher
Dr. Adrianna Kezar introduces keynote speaker, Sarita Brown


Q & A moderated by Dr. Adrianna Kezar

Buffet Luncheon

End of program

Speaker Bio
Sarita E. Brown is President of Excelencia in Education, a not-for-profit organization accelerating Latino success in higher education by linking research, policy, and practice to serve Latino students. She has spent more than three decades at prominent educational institutions and at the highest levels of government working to implement effective strategies to raise academic achievement and opportunity for low-income and minority students.

She started her career at The University of Texas at Austin by building a national model promoting minority success in graduate education. Coming to the nation’s capital to work for educational associations, Ms. Brown served as Executive Director of the White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans under President Bill Clinton and U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley. She later applied her talents and experience to the not-for-profit sector and in 2004, co-founded Excelencia in Education in Washington, DC.

Her efforts have been recognized by many including, the Harold G. McGraw Jr. Prize in Education for “innovative thinking, strong leadership and accomplishment by example”, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators education and the American Association of University Women. She has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from North Carolina State University, Carlos Albizu University and the University of Saint Joseph.

An advocate for educational equity, Ms. Brown currently serves on the Board of Directors for Editorial Projects in Education, Catch the Next and Excelencia in Education.