Marla Franco

A Fireside Chat: Fostering a Diverse and Inclusive Collaborative Culture -
11:00 am 10/14/2019
Apache/Cochise, Tucson Convention Center

Dr. Marla Franco serves as the Assistant Vice Provost for Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Initiatives and the Executive Director of Assessment, Research & Grant Development at the University of Arizona. She led history-making endeavors at the university, which resulted in the UA becoming the first four-year university in the state of Arizona to be federally recognized as a Hispanic Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education in April 2018. Her leadership also resulted in the UA being among nine institutions across the nation to be awarded the inaugural Seal of Excelencia in June 2019, which serves as a marker of distinction for exhibiting excellence in serving Latinx students. She is now working across the university to develop a centralized vision for maximizing this designation in a way that truly benefits students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members from diverse backgrounds.