Luis Fraga, associate UW vice provost for faculty advancement and Russell F. Stark University Professor, has been named one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the nation by the editors of Hispanic Business Magazine. The list, called “100 Influentials,” was published Oct. 18.
“It is a great honor to be recognized by Hispanic Business Magazine. I have worked my entire academic career to expand opportunities for all students and faculty to have access to higher education,” Fraga said.
Fraga is also a professor of political science and director of the UW Diversity Research Institute. He came to the UW in 2007 from Stanford University. His primary research interests are in American politics, where he specializes in the politics of race and ethnicity, Latino politics, immigration policy, education politics, voting rights policy and urban politics. Fraga has edited and published numerous journal articles and authored books on Latino politics, immigration, education, and voting rights policy. He serves on the boards of the Public Education Network, OneAmerica and New Futures.
In May 2011, Fraga was appointed to the to the Presidents Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, a commission that advises the president and the secretary of education on matters pertaining to education in the Hispanic community.
Fraga added that his selection to the presidential committee “gives me and my fellow commissioners the chance to influence thinking about educational policy at the highest levels of decision-making.
“Education is still the primary means through which so many Americans are able to realize their own dreams and the dreams we have for their children. As a nation we have to work harder to make sure that all people in the U.S. are given full access to the incredible knowledge, training, and contacts available in higher education.”
HispanTelligence, the research arm of HispanicBusiness Inc., chose the 100 focusing on “those who have promoted the advancement of Hispanics in the United States by their leadership, community involvement or professional achievements.”