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Deborah Santiago from D.C.-based Excelencia in Education to Give Keynote at 2017 Believe Breakfast


November 27, 2017

Three community leaders will also be recognized by The College Crusade of Rhode Island at public event on December 7

Providence, R.I., November 27, 2017 – The College Crusade of Rhode Island will hold its 2017 Believe Breakfast on Thursday, December 7, 2017, from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet in Cranston. The Believe Breakfast, now in its fifth year, celebrates the dedication of educators, state policymakers, business leaders, philanthropic organizations, community agencies, and families to supporting the postsecondary success of Rhode Island’s young people.

The event features a keynote address by Deborah Santiago, co-founder, chief operating officer and vice president for policy at Excelencia in Education, based in Washington, D.C. The topic of her talk is “Leading Latino Student Success: From a Grassroots and a National Perspective.”

For more than 20 years, Deborah Santiago has led research and policy efforts from the community to national and federal levels to improve educational opportunities and success for all students. She co-founded Excelencia in Education to inform policy and practice, compel action, and collaborate with those committed and ready to act to increase student success. Her current work focuses on federal and state policy, financial aid, Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), and effective institutional practices for student success in higher education. She has been cited in numerous publications for her work, including The Economist, The New York Times, The Washington Post, AP, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Deborah is a Pahara fellow and serves on the boards of the National Student Clearinghouse and TheDream.us.

The Believe Breakfast will also honor three individuals for their service:

• The 2017 Dr. Americo W. Petrocelli Distinguished Service Award, given annually to an individual who has made an extraordinary contribution to the field of college readiness and success, will be presented to Paul E. Moran and Simon Moore. Mr. Moran, of Lincoln, is founding partner of Yarlas, Kaplan, Santilli & Moran, Ltd., a Providence-based CPA firm, and served for 12 years as board chair of The College Crusade. Mr. Moore, now of Chicago, founded College Visions, an award-winning Providence nonprofit that coaches low-income, first-generation students to enter, succeed in, and graduate from college.

• The 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award, which recognizes alumni of The College Crusade who have had exemplary college and early career success and who demonstrate a commitment to community, will be presented to Rep. Shelby Maldonado of Central Falls, a member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives.

More information about the 2017 Believe Breakfast and ticket details are available at www.thecollegecrusade.org/believe.

Presenting sponsors for the 2017 Believe Breakfast are Nellie Mae Education Foundation and Weybosset Research & Management, LLC. Believe sponsors are H. Carr & Sons, Inc.; Dr. Americo W. Petrocelli; Rhode Island College; and Yarlas, Kaplan, Santilli, Moran, Ltd. Support sponsors are Books on the Square, CollegeBound Saver, Cox Communications, Pawtucket Credit Union, Providence College, RI Federation of Teachers & Health Professionals, Roger Williams University, and URI College of Business Administration. Inspire sponsors are Adler Pollock & Sheehan, ARISE, Brown University, City of Central Falls, RGB Architects. University of Rhode Island, and Webster Bank.

About The College Crusade of Rhode Island
The mission of The College Crusade is to increase high school graduation, college and career readiness, and college completion for youth in Rhode Island’s low-income communities. For more information, please visit www.thecollegecrusade.org.


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