Maria D. Martinez

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Maria D. Martinez

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1996 Ph.D. Professional Higher Education Administration

University of Connecticut, Storrs

Dissertation: “Correlates of Persistence and Achievement: Student Support Services at a New England Research University”
1983 M.S.W. Social Work Administration

University of Connecticut

1977 B.A. Sociology

Herbert H. Lehman College

City University of New York

2011-present Assistant Vice Provost Institute for Student Success

University of Connecticut, Storrs

Provide strategic and operational leadership for units and programs within the Institute for Student Success (ISS) in Undergraduate Education and Instruction (UE&I). The ISS currently includes the Academic Center for Exploratory Student (ACES), First Year Programs & Learning Communities (FYP & LC), and the Center for Academic Programs (CAP). Oversee the delivery of services to facilitate the transition from secondary school to college, illuminate the underlying processes of a research extensive university, and ensure a high quality undergraduate educational experience by providing a cohesive, supportive environment for students. Manage the Institute’s budget by leading fund raising efforts, researching potential funding sources, submitting grant applications, and working collaboratively with the Office for Sponsored Programs to ensure compliance as outlined by grantees. Work with the schools and colleges to create a seamless advising environment for undergraduates. Collaborate with deans and faculty regarding curriculum related matters. Lead the efforts to promote access and educational opportunities for low income, first generation, and other underrepresented populations at the University. Through partnerships with schools and colleges, assist in building access to the various disciplines and departments for ISS students. Promote high impact educational experiences that focus on experiential learning, diversity, and global citizenship.

1995-Present Director Center for Academic Programs

University of Connecticut, Storrs
Manage the daily operations of the TRIO Programs (Student Support Services, Upward Bound, Talent Search) at the University including the supervision of project directors and oversight of budgetary/reporting requirements as related to compliance issues with federal and state governments; participate in securing funding for the TRIO programs; responsible for public relations and promotional activities of the unit, including planning and development of strategies; develop and evaluate departmental policies and procedures, including the creation of department manuals which are modified as needed. Serve as a consultant to other departments/units on matters related to educational opportunity and access to higher education issues on campus, particularly dealing with first generation and low income populations. Responsible for the coordination of professional development opportunities for the staff.

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1993-1995 SSS Program Director Student Support Services

University of Connecticut, Storrs

Responsible for the planning, administration and evaluation of the Student Support Services program for over 800 students. Provided and administered services during the academic year and the summer program. Managed budgets, hired, supervised and evaluated staff of 5 to 7 counselors, collected and analyzed data, evaluated services, and wrote reports. Hired and supervised 50-60 temporary staff and faculty in the summer pre-collegiate program. Instructed students on successful learning, and designed and implemented retention strategies. Worked collaboratively with all divisions at the University, including the financial aid office and academic departments. Provided counseling for program participants. Responsible for the writing and coordination of all activities related to the submission of federal and state grant proposals. Secured grant of 700K to provide services to eligible participants for four years.

1986-1993 SSS Counselor Student Support Services

University of Connecticut, Storrs

Counselor in support services program for low income, first generation college students. Provided personal, academic, career, and financial aid counseling for students. Facilitated workshops, team meetings, professional and paraprofessional seminars. Coordinated and monitored academic support services including the tutoring program for the SSS program. Served on committees as requested.

1985-1986 Training Specialist Human Resources Training Center

Saint Joseph College, West Hartford

Prepared and conducted continuing education credit earning training courses for Human Service Agencies in the State of Connecticut. Developed training and designed course including objectives, training methods and training materials. Responsible for the coordination of a needs assessment to determine future programs.

University of Connecticut, First Year Programs

Instructor. INTD 180. FYE University Learning Skills–Freshman Year Experience course - 1 credit course for incoming freshmen which addresses the dynamics and requirements to succeed in the college environment.

Martínez, M.D., Ranjeet, B. I. & Marx, H. A. Creating study abroad opportunities for first generation college students. In R. Lewin (Ed.), Study abroad and the making of global citizens, New York: Routledge, 2009. 527-542.
Martínez, M. D. (2003). Missing in action: Reconstructing hope and possibility among Latino students placed at risk. Journal of Latinos and Education, (2) 1, 13-21.
Martínez, M. D. (1999). Correlates of persistence and achievement: Student Support Services at a New England research university. Journal of Educational Opportunity (17) 2, 9-23.
Schensul, J. J., Nieves, I. & Martínez, M. D. (1982). The crisis event in the Puerto Rican community: Research and intervention in the community/institution interface. Urban Anthropology 11(1), 101-128.

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Special Invitation to participate in the White House Conference on Inclusive STEM Education for Youth of Color (October 2016)
Attended the 4th Annual Diversity Abroad Conference, “From Outreach to Support: Navigating Expansion and Inclusion,” in Atlanta (April 2016)
Co-presented “Travelers EDGE Program, “Leveraging Local Resources: Lessons Learned from a Corporate Consortium” at the Council for Opportunity in Education 2012 Annual Conference in New York City (September 6, 2012).
Presented “Mapping Success in Graduate School: Linkages to Academic and Professional Roles” at the 9th Biennial Puerto Rican Studies Association Conference in Hartford, Connecticut (October 2010).
Presented “Strategies for Implementing a Successful CAS Self-Evaluation for One or Multiple TRIO and Other Educational Opportunities Programs” at the New England Educational Opportunity Association (NEOA) Conference, Hyannis, MA (April 2010).
Presented “Creating Study Abroad Opportunities for Low Income, First Generation, and Ethnic Minorities at the University of Connecticut, USA: A Successful Model” at the Australian and New Zealand Student Services Association (ANZSSA) Biennial Conference at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia (December 2009).
Presented “Mentoring and Leadership: Crossing Over between Administration and Academia” American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) Conference (March 2008).
Presented “Approaches to College Preparation: The TRIO Programs” at the 7th Annual College Transition Conference sponsored by the University of Connecticut’s First Year programs, Early College Experience & Neag School of Education (June 2007).
Represented the Connecticut Association of Latinos in Higher Education at the Latino Summit Conference in Puerto Rico (March 2006).
Presented “Student Support Services at the University of Connecticut: Partnerships with other offices, counseling, summer program, peer advising and study abroad” at the 28th Annual New England Educational Opportunity Association Conference (2004).
Presented “Choosing the Right School for You” at Quest Conference, (2004, 2005).
Panel Presentation: “Hispanic culture out of the shadows into the mainstream”

Hispanic Heritage Celebration Forum – Phoenix, Inc., Hartford Connecticut (October 2003).

Presentation on “Identity and Culture” for graduate student course, Latinos and U.S. Education, University of Connecticut-Storrs, fall & spring (2000-2008)
Represented the University of Connecticut at Connecticut Association of Educational Opportunity Programs Conference (1986-present)

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Presented “Correlates of Persistence and Achievement: Student Support Services at a New England Research University” at the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) 37th Annual Forum - Performance Indicators: Defining Measures that Matter. Orlando, Florida (1997).

Since 1993, Dr. Martinez has served as the principal investigator (PI), Fiscal Manager and/or Account Supervisor to numerous state, federal and Foundation grants awarded to the Center for Academic Programs and its constituent programs: Student Support Services, Upward Bound/ConnCAP, Educational Talent Search, McNair Scholars Program and First Star Academy. The most recent awards are listed below:
Northeast Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (NELSAMP), National Science Foundation, $3.5 million (2016)

Student Support Services, U.S. Department of Education, $1.4 million (2015)

First Star Academy, Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA) grant, $72,370 (2015)

First Star Academy, Connecticut Department of Children and Families, $250,000 (2015)

Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, U.S. Department of Education, $1.1 million (2012)

Connecticut College Access and Success Program, Connecticut Department of Higher Education, $100,000 (2011)

Educational Talent Search U.S. Department of Education, $1.4 million (2011)

Connecticut Collegiate Awareness Program (ConnCAP), State of Connecticut Office of Financial and Academic Affairs for Higher Education, $363,744 (2009)

The Maria D. Martinez Outstanding Leadership Award was established in August 2014. The first recipient was an SSS Student. (2014)
Distinguished Service Award, Connecticut Association of Latinos in Higher Education (CALAHE) (2012)
Diversity Leadership for Excellence Award – Unit, University of Connecticut and the Office of the Vice Provost for Multicultural and International Affairs, (2007)
Women of Color Recognition Award, University of Connecticut Women’s Center (2005)
Prudence Crandall Award for Outstanding Achievement in Education and Child Care, National Organization of Women Connecticut Chapter (2004)
Three Decades of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work Award (2003)
Outstanding Staff of the Year Award, University of Connecticut Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural
Center (2001)
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AWARDS AND HONORS (continued):
Service and Dedication to Quality Bilingual Education, University of Connecticut NEAG School of Education Bilingual Program (2000)
Service and Leadership Award, Connecticut Association of Latinos in Higher Education (CALAHE) (1997)
Service and Dedication Award, University of Connecticut Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural
Center (1990)

Traveled to Bordeaux and Grenoble, France to evaluate research sites for NELSAMP program (May 2016)
Traveled to Cuenca, Ecuador to evaluate the short-term experiential study abroad program (January 2016)
Traveled to London and Rome to evaluate the SSS London Education Abroad program (June 2014)
Traveled to Burapha University International College, Thailand, for study abroad exploratory visit

(October 2012)

Participated in the University of Liverpool summer study tour, “From South Carolina to South Liverpool: Explorations in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade” (May 28 – June 6, 2010).
Attended and presented at the Australian and New Zealand Student Services Association (ANZSSA) Biennial Conference at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia (December 2009).
Selected to participate in a TRIO Staff Exchange to Europe, “Educational Opportunity in a Global Context,” sponsored by the Council of Opportunity in Education and the University of Liverpool. Visited the London Metropolitan University, and University for Professional Education Amsterdam. (April 1-10, 2005)
Traveled to the University of Liverpool, UK, to negotiate study abroad and internship opportunities for low income and first generation college students. (2003, 2004)
Traveled to South Africa as a member of the African National Congress (ANC) partnership between the University of Connecticut and the University of Fort Hare in South Africa (2000, 2001)
Accepted for the U.S. Department of Education Training, Maui, Hawaii, (1999)
Represented the University of Connecticut at the First Year Experience International Conference in
St. Andrews, Scotland, 1996
Participated with the University of Connecticut Admissions Team to recruit students from Puerto Rico, (1987, 1988, and 1989)

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Diversity Abroad Network (2015-present)
American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (2008)
Connecticut Association of Latinos in Higher Education (CALAHE) - President (2004-2007);
Vice President (2000-2004); Board member (1992-present)
Phi Lambda Theta Professional Society (1998-2006)
Council for Opportunity in Education, Washington (1986-present)
Connecticut Association of Educational Opportunity Programs (1986-present)
New England Educational Opportunity Association - Member (1986-present)


Appointed to the Diversity Council (2016)
Appointed as Co-Principal Investigator, Northeast LSAMP Alliance Proposal (2015)
Member, Education Abroad Diversity Committee (2015)
Women’s Persistence in STEM Committee, (2014-present)
Member of the Travel Study Scholarship Committee, PRLS Project, School of Social Work (2015)
Recruitment and Graduation Task Force Subcommittee, Underrepresented Students of Color Achievement Gap, Chair (2011-present)
Ex Officio Member, Faculty Course Oversight Board, First Year Programs & Learning Communities (2011-present)
Appointed to the Search Committee for the University’s Provost (2012)
Appointed to Search Committee for the Vice Provost of Diversity (2012)
School of Social Work Latin@ Studies Project Advisory Board (2011-Present)
University Interdisciplinary Courses Committee, Ex-Officio Alternate Member (2010-2015)
Center for Academic Programs 45th Anniversary Committee (2011-2012)
Learning Community Marketing and Communication Task Force (2010-2011)
Learning Community Steering Committee (2010-present)
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Student Field Experience Policy Committee (2010-2011)
University Senate Diversity Committee (2009-present)
Appointed by the Provost to serve on the Race in America Committee (2008)
Legacy Experience Committee. Charge: To select the most exceptional student leaders at the University to participate in a year-long leadership development experience (2007-2009)
Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Leadership and Academic Success Advisory Board (2003-present)
Study Abroad Advisory Committee (2003-2008)
Association of Latino Faculty and Staff (ALFAS), founding member (2002-present)
Retention Task Force appointed by the President (2001-present)
Women’s Center Advisory Board, Chair (2001-2004)
Diversity Task Force appointed by the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Vice Provost of Multicultural and International Affairs (2001-2003)
Center for Academic Programs Advisory Board, Chair (2000-present)
Women’s Center Diversity Committee (2000-2007)
Women’s Center Strategic Planning Committee (2007- 2009)
Puerto Rican Latin American Studies Institute Advisory Board (1986-present)
Puerto Rican and Latin American Cultural Center Advisory Board (1986-2012)

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