Meet Local Hero Nominee: Alfred R. Herrera

Alfred Herrera has devoted 37 years to helping students achieve their educational goals at UCLA. His work is focused on developing academic enrichment programs dedicated to preparing underserved students to become competitively eligible for research universities and the UC System.

Title: Assistant Vice Provost and Director 

Organization/Business: UCLA – Center for Community College Partnerships

Website: www.cccp.ucla.edu

“While working at UCLA I have learned that there are dynamic people working long hours, tucked away in small offices, with little/limited resources. They may go unnoticed but their impact is large and meaningful in many ways. These individuals become stewards of the public and are tireless champions. My nominee is no exception. I am nominating Alfred Herrera for supporting thousands of deserving community college students in their goal to transfer to a 4-year university. Alfred has worked tirelessly to increase the academic preparation and competitiveness for community college transfer students, particularly those who are first generation, low-income or historically underrepresented.” – Marco Perez, Nominator

About the nominee:

Alfred Herrera has devoted 37 years to helping students achieve their educational goals at UCLA. His work is focused on developing academic enrichment programs dedicated to preparing underserved students to become competitively eligible for research universities and the UC System. All the while, Herrera has kept the spotlight on community college transfer students as an integral part of the university. He is nationally renowned for his strong advocacy on behalf of transfer and undocumented students in higher education by conducting countless training/information sessions over the years. He is also responsible for developing and implementing innovative Summer Academic Residential programs to motivate, empower and guide transfer students with the end goal of improving their access and setting them up for success.

More on Alfred Herrera:

https://collegecampaign.org/2018-champions-higher-education-celebration/

https://youtu.be/cJyZC9Pbres