Laura I. Rendón is professor emerita and codirector of the Center for Research and Policy in Education at University of Texas – San Antonio. A native of Laredo, Texas, Dr. Rendón is a fierce advocate for low-income, first-generation students. She developed the theory of validation that faculty and student affairs practitioners have employed as a student success framework.
A nationally known speaker, Dr. Rendón is associated with SpeakOut – The Institute for Democratic Education and Culture, which is dedicated to the advancement of education and racial and social justice. She has delivered keynote addresses at national and international conferences, and she has conducted faculty and staff development workshops at two- and four-year colleges. Dr. Rendón is a teaching and learning thought leader and author of the book Sentipensante (Sensing/Thinking) Pedagogy: Educating for Wholeness, Social Justice and Liberation.
In 2013, the Texas Diversity Council named Laura one of the Most Powerful and Influential Women in Texas. Dr. Rendón has been a fellow of the Fetzer Institute, and is currently a fellow of the Mind and Life Institute.
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