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Inclusion, Access and Success Award

Established in 1984, the Inclusion, Access and Success (formerly the Human Relations) Award honors persons who have been instrumental in making postsecondary education opportunities available to historically underrepresented students.

Meet the 2018 Award Winner

Catalina Cifuentes, executive director of college and career readiness with the Riverside County Office of Education (CA), uses her position to advocate for education and create meaningful changes in the way students in her county—and across California—access higher ed. In 2014, Cifuentes started the Race to Submit, a statewide campaign that aims to increase the number of students who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and California Dream Act application. Thanks to the initiative, financial aid completions have jumped significantly—making college possible for more students.

Watch the Video: Cifuentes talks about how she began her career in college admission, her greatest professional accomplishments and how the Race to Submit is changing lives of first-generation students in California.

Previous Award Winners:

  • 2018 - Catalina Cifuentes
  • 2017 - Celina Barrera-Scott
  • 2016 - Jonathan Burdick
  • 2015 - Audrey Smith and Coalition for HB 1079
  • 2014 - Janice Downing
  • 2013 - Alfred Herrera and Julie Kampschroeder
  • 2012 - Richard Alvarez
  • 2011 - Chris Milton and Karen Staller
  • 2010 - Aliza Gilbert and Posse Foundation
  • 2009 - Admission Possible
  • 2008 - College Goal Sunday
  • 2007 - Advancement Via Individual Determination
  • 2006 - Alejandra Rincón
  • 2005 - Whitney Laughlin
  • 2004 - Pathways to College Network
  • 2003 - The Daniels Fund
  • 2002 - Dr. Arnold Mitchem
  • 2001 - Jacob Schramm
  • 2000 - I Have a Dream Foundation
  • 1999 - Susan Chipley
  • 1998 - Roberto Haro
  • 1997 - Edward Bell
  • 1996 - Donald Johnson
  • 1995 - Robert Albright, Gloria de Leon and Ernesto Nieto  
  • 1994 - Laurice Sommers  
  • 1993 - Carl F. Brown
  • 1992 - J. Alan Marks and Betty Schneider
  • 1991 - Silas Purnell 
  • 1990 - Samuel H. Johnson 
  • 1989 - Betty Fairfax     
  • 1988 - NACAC Human Relations Committees of 1986  & 1987 for the development of Guide for Parents:  Ronald C. Ancrum, Rosetta L. Gooden, Audrey T. Hill, Naomi Kuziemski, Leslie K. Lane-Epps, Geverna Levels, Brian J. Lewis, Walter M. Pritchett, Clifton B. Rawles, Thedore Sherron and Anthonio Solorzano, Jr.
  • 1987 - Clarence Mixon 
  • 1986 - Marion R. Flagg 
  • 1985 - Jack Wright 
  • 1984 - William R. Davis

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