AP Welcomes HACU Inaugural Women’s Leadership Symposium Attendees

November 8, 2023


Academic Partnerships (AP) was honored to welcome participants at the Inaugural Women’s Leadership Symposium kicking off the 37th annual conference of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), held October 28-30 in Chicago.

This half-day event brought together executive leaders and rising professionals in higher education from across the country. More than 70 women heard Melissa Ruidiaz, Ed.D., Senior Vice President, Marketing at Academic Partnerships, welcome participants to the Symposium. She introduced AP’s continued mission to increase access to affordable and workforce-relevant education while highlighting our HACU, minority-serving and HSI partners. Ruidiaz discussed highlights from AP’s recent ROI study and shared with aspiring leaders the opportunities education provides to empower the next generation of trail blazing women to reach new heights.

“It was truly inspiring to be part of this inaugural event and experience the energy that comes from sharing our experiences as women who aspire to strengthen the next generation of women leaders in higher education,” said Ruidiaz.

Also attending the Symposium and representing AP, a sponsor of the event, was Susan Dukes, AP’s SVP, University Partnerships. Adam Arguelles, AP’s SVP, Government Affairs, also participated in the conference weekend, welcoming attendees to the President’s reception.

HACU represents more than 500 colleges and universities in the United States, Latin America, Spain, and school districts across the U.S. as the only national association representing existing and emerging Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs).

As a mission-driven company that helps regional public universities launch and grow high-quality, affordable and workforce-relevant online programs, Academic Partnerships serves 55+ university partners. More than 25% are minority-serving institutions and nine are Hispanic Serving Institutions.

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