Director for Student Success Named a 2022 Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate

November 4, 2021

Liz Castillo Headshot CY-0.jpgSt. Philip’s College Director for Student Success, Elizabeth Castillo, was recently recognized by the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition as one of 10 national recipients of their Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate Award.

Each year, the award honors college faculty, administrators, staff, and students for their outstanding work on behalf of first-year students and the impact their efforts have on the students and culture of their institutions. Recipients will be formally recognized during the annual Conference on The First-Year Experience, scheduled to be held in Orlando, Florida, Feb. 12-15, 2022.

“Since arriving at St. Philip’s College in 2017, Castillo has been an integral member of the Division for Student Success where she serves as the Director for First-Year Experience Programs. Castillo has leveraged innovation to foster a culture of civic engagement, career exploration, and campus involvement. She uses her understanding of first-generation and community college students to produce initiatives that strengthen the first-year community and promotes student retention. Thanks to her collaborative approach first-year students are provided with the wrap-around support services needed to drive academic achievement and personal development,” said Dr. Destiny C. Harper-Lane, Interim Dean for Student Success.

Castillo oversees several key initiatives at St. Philip’s College that are critical to the success of First-Year Experience students. She serves as the Chair of the New Student Convocation program (Tiger Nation Family Day), oversees the engagement and support of AlamoPROMISE Scholars, supports and assists every member within the unit of Educational Support Services, and works hard to accomplish the goals of her department.

In addition to First-Year Experience, Castillo oversees the St. Philip’s College Financial Literacy, Service Learning, and Tutoring and Technology Services. These functions require routine collaboration with Academic Deans, Faculty Chairs, and community stakeholders as she works to develop experiential learning opportunities and resources for students. During her tenure, she has also worked to promote ethical decision-making as the Chair of the Quality Enhancement Plan.

Throughout her 15-year career, Castillo’s work has focused on advocating and supporting underrepresented students in Higher Education. She holds a Bachelor's of Arts from Sul Ross State University and a Master's of Fine Arts from Texas Tech University.

To learn more about the Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate Award, click here.

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