Dr. Taryn G. OzunaDr. Taryn G. Ozuna

Dr. Ozuna is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies at the University of Texas at Arlington.  She earned her doctorate in higher education administration, with a concentration in Mexican American Studies, from the University of Texas at Austin.  Dr. Ozuna’s research interests focus on the educational experiences of Latino students as they access, transition, and persist in Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), particularly Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs).  She is a Faculty Research Affiliate with the Center for MSIs at The University of Pennsylvania and Project Mentoring to Achieve Latino Educational Success (MALES) at The University of Texas at Austin.


Dr. Holly Hungerford-KresserDr. Holly Hungerford-Kresser

Dr. Hungerford-Kresser is an Associate Professor of English education and literacy studies at the University of Texas at Arlington.  She earned her doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in literacy studies.  Her research focuses primarily on college and career readiness, with two primary angles—first generation college students and pre-service teacher education.  Recent projects include research partnerships with non-profits and universities, centered on teacher education and college ready classrooms.  She will continue this work in the fall as a fellow with the Greater Texas Foundation.



Dr. Maria Martinez-CosioDr. Maria Martinez-Cosio

Dr. Martinez-Cosio is an associate professor at the School of Urban and Public Affairs and Assistant Vice-Provost for Faculty Development at UT Arlington.  She earned her doctorate in sociology at the University of California, San Diego.  Her research interests span several disciplines including education, planning and sociology.  Her book, co-authored with Dr. Mirle Bussell from UC San Diego, Catalysts for Change:21st Century Foundations and Community Development (Routledge, 2013) was recently awarded the “Current Research Award” by the Community Development Society at its annual meeting in July 2014.


On September 23, from 12:30 until 1:30 pm (Central Time), in ERB 228
Pete Smith moderated a panel discussion, with Drs. Ozuna, Hungerford-Kresser, Martinez-Cosio, regarding the topic:

Title: Creating a Culture of Success for Underrepresented Learners at UT Arlington

UT Arlington’s diverse student population represents the future of higher education in the United States: culturally diverse, varied learning needs, and broadly inclusive of students that have not participated in higher education historically. Universities are increasingly called on to focus on students that have traditionally been under represented. This panel will discuss how UTA can improve on early successes in serving the needs of all learners. Topics will include how to create an organizational culture of academic excellence, advance national research on under representation in education, student support systems, and policy implications.