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IU South Bend Partners with Excelencia in Education’s “Presidents for Latino Student Success” Network

Feb 15, 2024

IU South Bend Chancellor Susan Elrod  IU South Bend Chancellor Susan ElrodIndiana University South Bend is strengthening its commitment to make the campus a learning environment where Latino students can thrive.

Chancellor Susan Elrod has chosen to affiliate with the national network of Presidents for Latino Student Success (P4LSS) through Excelencia in Education.

Excelencia formed a network of common cause in 2011 and Presidents for Latino Student Success in 2014 to support institutional leaders who are transforming higher education to make our country stronger with the contributions, skills, and talents of Latino college graduates. Programs and initiatives that work for Latinos can serve other students as well and the nation at large.

Elrod joins more than 150 leaders that belong to the P4LSS network and lead the nation in enrolling and graduating Latino students. Although the network represents only 5% of the thousands of colleges and universities across the country, the network enrolls 32%, and graduates 34%, of all Latino students in higher education.

More than 20 percent of students enrolled at IU South Bend this year are Hispanic/Latine.

“IU South Bend is committed to amplifying our current efforts to accelerate Latino student success in higher education and here in our community,” Elrod said. “This partnership will allow us to collaborate with institutions around the country as we work toward becoming a federally recognized Hispanic Serving Institution in the coming years.”

Through the P4LSS network, IU South Bend will be able to leverage the collective expertise of other post-secondary education leaders and will have access to resources and partnerships.

“Institutional leadership focused on intentionally serving Latino, and all, students is the hallmark of the presidents and chancellors in this network,” said Sarita Brown, co-founder and president of Excelencia in Education. “We are proud to catalyze and support them as they advance student success and grow talent for our country’s bright future.”

About 65 percent of IU South Bend graduates stay and work in our region.

To learn more about the Presidents for Latino Student Success network and other institutional leaders across the country affiliated with Excelencia, visit:


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