BOV Acknowledges Cadenas’ Dedication to Early Identification Program

Posted: May 18, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Patty Snellings

Hortensia Cadenas, director of the Early Identification Program (EIP), was recognized yesterday by the Board of Visitors for her leadership, dedication, and devotion to the program. Reading from the commendation, Rector Ed Meese said, “The loyalty she inspires in her students knows no bounds. Her capacity for caring and her ability to encourage spiritual growth have moved students to proclaim that she is like a second mother to them and that EIP is more than a college preparatory program–it is a family.”

Cadenas joined the university in 1990 as assistant director of the program and became director in 1991. She accepted the honor on behalf of EIP and thanked her staff, tutors, and coordinators for their dedication.

EIP is an innovative, multiyear, college preparatory program for high school students from traditionally underrepresented populations. Developed in 1987 with Fairfax County Public Schools, the program comprises 360 students from Fairfax, Arlington, and Prince William Counties and the city of Falls Church. A total of 313 students have graduated from EIP, and 95 percent of these students have attended college. Forty-seven are now George Mason graduates.

The program is largely supported by grants and corporate sponsors. Over the past two years, additional funding has enabled expansion of the program, including the addition of new classes and a summer program at the Prince William Campus. At a White House ceremony in 1998, President Clinton recognized EIP as one of the top 18 programs in the country designed to promote partnerships between colleges and middle or junior high schools in low-income communities. EIP was singled out as part of High Hopes for College for America’s Youth, a Clinton initiative encouraging college-school partnerships to help children in low-income communities develop the aspirations and skills needed to go to college.

“We treasure this recognition,” Cadenas says, “and will continue to do our best.”

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