Garcia highlighted in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education as leading woman in higher education

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Garcia highlighted in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education as leading woman in higher education

15 Mar 2024     By Kelcey Buck

Crystal Garcia, assistant professor of educational administration at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is one of 40 women highlighted for their leadership in higher education in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education during Women’s History Month. 

The latest edition honoring Diverse’s 40th anniversary features 40 women who have made a difference by tackling some of higher education’s toughest challenges, exhibiting extraordinary leadership skills, and making a positive difference in their respective communities. 

“Words can’t describe how grateful I am to be included in Diverse’s list of outstanding women in higher education,” Garcia said. “I’m thankful to be in a position to contribute to the research and practice needed to move colleges and universities toward more equitable and inclusive systems. This recognition is a reminder of the important work that is yet to come.” 

Garcia’s research examines the mechanisms by which racially minoritized college students experience campus environments, specifically focusing on campus climates and the role of student affairs in student experiences. Her current research projects include a focus on anti-diversity, equity and inclusion bills, a study focused on how institutions can meet the needs of food insecure college students, and a critical analysis of anti-racist practice in sorority and fraternity life.

Garcia was a 2021-23 ACPA Emerging Scholar-Designee, and was awarded the 2022 NASPA Faculty Council Early Career Award, and the 2020 NASPA Latinx/a/o Knowledge Community Outstanding Faculty Award. 

Diverse has provided news, commentary, interviews and special reports on diversity in higher education for four decades. The complete list of 40 outstanding women recognized in 2024 can be found at

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