Saginaw Valley State University's Roberto Garcia is being honored for his commitment to supporting students in their quest for higher education. He will receive the Adelante Education Award by the nonprofit La Union Civica Mexicana at the 9th Annual Adelante Awards Saturday, Nov. 3.
The Adelante Awards - "adelante" meaning "forward" in Spanish - celebrate contributions made by Hispanic individuals in the Great Lakes Bay Region.
Garcia is the director of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at SVSU. The office hosts events, provides resources, and increases the visibility and quality of the educational experience for students, faculty and staff to increase the enrollment, retention and graduation rates for underrepresented populations.
In addition, Garcia is an adjunct instructor of English at SVSU, where he teaches a course on Jay-Z and the history of hip-hop and rap to study how the genre affects society and culture currently.
The Saginaw native completed a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree and an education specialist degree at SVSU, and an Ed.D. at Central Michigan University.
The Adelante Awards ceremony will be held at the Dow Event Center on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling (989) 274-5074.