University Crossroads is celebrated for its social influence.

Friday, October 07, 2022 • Plant Booth:

The University of Texas at Arlington University Crossroads has received the North Texas Commission’s Social Impact Award for its lasting impact in shaping the region.

Michelle Bobadilla

“These special awards recognize our region’s public and private sector leaders and the importance of collaboration in North Texas,” said Chris Wallace, president and CEO of the commission. “The past few years have reminded us that we are better together when we work as a unified region to address our challenges and create opportunities for future growth.”

There were nine recipients out of more than 50 nominations. President Jennifer Cowley accepted the award on behalf of UTA and congratulated all the awardees for working so hard “for a common goal.”

“We are proud of the thousands of students who have been able to attend colleges in North Texas and beyond,” Cowley said. “This program is one of our keystone, community engagement and service programs that support students, and we’ve grown this program because we know the impact it can make. We know that University Crossroads will transform the lives of hundreds of thousands of underserved students in North Texas by sharing their homes to ensure they are prepared to move on to higher education.

University Crossroads’ mission is to expand access to and success in higher education for first- and second-generation students from low- to moderate-income families. University Crossroads serves more than 40,000 students in North Texas each year in areas such as SAT preparation, college applications, financial aid knowledge and financial literacy. All services are free of charge.

More than 100 community partners are committed to serving students in partnership with University Crossroads. The program has worked for more than three decades helping students get on the path to higher education in North Texas.

“It’s an honor to be recognized for the social impact our program has made,” said Michelle Bobadilla, UTA’s senior associate vice president for communications and community engagement and assistant provost for Hispanic student success. “We’re building a pathway to college to ensure students are prepared for the demands of the global marketplace.”

— Written by Devin Case

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