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Sylvia Hurtado is professor and director of the Higher Education Research Institute at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Dr. Hurtado is a member of the National Research Council's Board on Higher Education and the Workforce. She has published numerous articles and books related to her primary interest in student educational outcomes, campus climates, college impact on student development, and diversity in higher education. She is past president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education. Black Issues In Higher Education named her among the top 15 influential faculty who personify scholarship, service, and integrity, and whose work has had substantial impact in high education. Dr. Hurtado has coordinated several national research projects, including a U.S. Department of Education-sponsored project on how colleges are preparing students to achieve the cognitive, social, and democratic skills to participate in a diverse democracy. She currently directs a national longitudinal study on the preparation of underrepresented students for STEM careers sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. She has also studied assessment, reform, and innovation in undergraduate education. She obtained her Ph.D. in education from UCLA, Ed.M. from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and A.B. in sociology from Princeton University.