Grand Valley remains the only predominantly white institution to have earned Excelencia in Education's Seal of Excelencia, recognizing the university's commitment to Latino student success.
A co-founder of that Washington, D.C.-based organization visited campus March 13 and said Grand Valley was unknown to her and other Excelencia colleagues until they read a 2019 application stating the university's intention and goals to serve Latino students.
"Grand Valley was nowhere on our radar in Washington, D.C.," said Deborah Santiago, co-founder and CEO of Excelencia in Education. "What we discovered through that written piece was intriguing. It told the story of how the university had made a commitment to intentionally serve Latino students."