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Get ready for a great professional development opportunity – the annual Student Success Summit happening at the West Houston Institute from April 24 – 25, 2023!  Join HCC administrators, faculty, and staff for a day and a half of opportunities to connect, collaborate, and learn about best practices that drive student success.


  • Dates and Times: 

    • April 24 | 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

    • April 25 | 8:30 am - 1 pm

  • Location: West Houston Institution @ HCC Alief Campus (2811 Hayes Rd, Houston, TX 77082)


This year's theme "Serving Every Student” builds on our work with Achieving the Dream, Texas Pathways and Houston Guided Pathways to Success Equity Initiative. The lineup includes expert keynotes, data-driven presentations led by institutional leaders, and Student Voice Spotlights that highlight the incredible journeys of our students.

You'll hear updates about HCC's student success metrics and learn about the institution’s ongoing initiatives to improve equitable outcomes. In addition, you'll gain valuable insight to help shape your approach to serving and supporting all students.

But that's not all! In the spirit of student success, we will make room to celebrate students and institutional milestones.

  • Attendees will participate as judges in the second annual DEI Art and Design Contest and student winners will be announced at the event.
  • On the second day (April 25), we'll be celebrating a huge milestone for the institution – winning Texas Pathway's 2022 RODEO Award in Recognition of Dedication to Educational Outcomes. So, dust off your western/rodeo gear and get ready to two-step with us in celebration on April 25!

Learn more about what to expect from our conference chair, Dr. Betty Fortune, who appeared on HCC TV's podcast, Up to the Minute. 



Register now for the 2023 Student Success Summit and join us in taking steps to scale our impact on student success! 

If you have any questions, please email and


Start: April 24, 2023
End: April 25, 2023

West Houston Institute, Hayes Road, Houston, TX, USA

Hayes Road 2811
77082 Houston TX
United States

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Fred Bonner II

Professor and Endowed Chair in Educational Leadership and Counseling and Executive Director and Chief Scientist of the MACH-III Center
Prairie View A&M University
Dr. Fred Bonner II
  • Dr. Fred Bonner II

    Dr. Fred Bonner II is Professor and Endowed Chair in Educational Leadership and Counseling and Executive Director and Chief Scientist of the MACH-III Center at Prairie View A&M University. He is formerly the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Endowed Chair in Education in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University and an esteemed expert in the field of diversity in education. Prior to joining Rutgers, he was Professor of Higher Education Administration and Associate Dean of Faculties at Texas A&M University-College Station. He earned a B.A. in chemistry from the University of North Texas, an M.S. Ed. in curriculum and instruction from Baylor University, and an Ed.D. in higher education administration & college teaching from the University of Arkansas. Bonner has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Association for Higher Education Black Caucus Dissertation Award and the Educational Leadership, Counseling and Foundation's Dissertation of the Year Award from the University Of Arkansas College of Education. His work has been featured nationally and internationally. He is the author of several books, including "Building on Resilience: Models and Frameworks of Black Male Success Across the P-20 Pipeline," as well as the recently released "Square Pegs and Round Holes: Alternative Approaches to Diverse College Student Development Theory" (2021, Stylus Publishing). Bonner was recently (2020) named Texas A&M University System (TAMUS) Regents Professor.

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Dr. Ruth M. López

Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
University of Houston
Dr. Ruth M. López
  • Dr. Ruth M. López

    Ruth M. López, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies at the University of Houston (UH). She earned B.A.s in Mexican American Studies & Spanish at The University of Texas at Austin, and her PhD in Educational Foundations, Policy, and Practice at the University of Colorado Boulder where she was an Ofelia Miramontes Scholar and a recipient of the AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship. She was previously a Senior Research Associate at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University. Most recently, she was the recipient of the 2021 University of Houston Teaching Excellence Award and 2023 Texas TRIO Achiever Award. In her research, Dr. López addresses the social and political contexts that students of color navigate across K-12 schools and their access to higher education. Her research examines: 1) the intersections of education and immigration policies, 2) culturally responsive education and family engagement, and 3) college access for Latinx and immigrant students. Dr. López is proud of her multiple identities as the daughter of immigrants from El Salvador and Mexico, first-generation college student/graduate, and mother scholar to name a few. These identities inform her commitment to educational equity and college access.

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