University of Phoenix Academic Leaders Appointed to Association of Latino Professionals for America Phoenix Chapter

Guía de Regalos

Dean of Operations John Ramirez and assistant dean of Community
Outreach and Inclusion Saray Lopez appointments reaffirm University’s
commitment to workforce and student diversity

PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#diversity–University of Phoenix today announced the appointment of two of its
leaders to the Phoenix Chapter of the Association of Latino
Professionals For America (ALPFA). John Ramirez, dean of Operations for
the School of Advanced Studies, will serve as chairman of the Phoenix
corporate advisory board, and Saray Lopez, assistant dean of Community
Outreach and Inclusion, will act as vice president of corporate
development. Ramirez and Lopez join the organization’s ranks of senior
leaders from academia, private industry, government and regulatory
bodies who share a passion for empowering Latinos in every sector of the
global economy.

“The Association of Latino Professionals For America is delighted to
have John and Saray join us in our quest to connect Latino men and women
with professional careers, leadership development opportunities and
mentorships,” said Alain Monroy, president, Association of Latino
Professionals For America Phoenix Chapter. “We will look to their
experiences as academic leaders to guide us in these efforts.”

Throughout its history, University of Phoenix has worked to provide
underserved populations with access to higher education, and has been
recognized for graduating more underrepresented students with master’s
degrees in business, health care and education than any other university
in the nation1. It also has a diverse student and faculty
population, with 45 percent of students and 34 percent of faculty
belonging to a minority group2.

“I am honored to serve in the Association of Latino Professionals For
America because they understand the strength that a diverse workforce
can contribute to the economy,” said John Ramirez, Command Sergeant
Major (ret.) and dean of Operations for University of Phoenix School of
Advanced Studies. “Increasing opportunities for minority scholars has
been an impetus to my career in academia, and I look forward to working
with the Association of Latino Professionals For America to further
promote developing future generations of Latino leaders in the
workforce.”

Despite being the second fastest-growing population in the country,
Latinos are largely underrepresented in leadership roles3.
The appointment of University of Phoenix academic leaders to an
organization focused on connecting Latino talent with leaders from
organizations that span multiple industries complements the University’s
commitment to providing career-relevant education to students while
meeting the needs of today’s employers.

“University of Phoenix not only recognizes and embraces the diversity of
its students, staff and faculty, we understand the importance of diverse
perspectives, whether in the classroom or in the workforce,” said Saray
Lopez, assistant dean of Community Outreach and Inclusion for University
of Phoenix. “Throughout our history, we’ve worked to provide underserved
populations with access to higher education and are proud of the
contributions our minority students and faculty have made in their
fields of study across multiple sectors of the economy.”

The Association of Latino Professionals For America is the
longest-standing Latino organization with more than 72,000 members
assembled in 44 professional groups and more than 160 student chapters
across America. Its vision is to be the premier business organization
for expanding opportunities for Latino leadership in the global market.

“We are proud to be a university led by individuals who align with
professional organizations with a shared desire to promote
cross-cultural understanding and appreciation of diversity in today’s
workforce,” said Angie Williams, Ed.D., dean of multicultural affairs
and diversity for University of Phoenix. “John and Saray’s appointments
to the Association of Latino Professionals For America is a testament to
University of Phoenix leading by example in its commitment to building a
diverse and inclusive teaching and learning environment that can serve
as a strong foundation to build a diverse workforce. I look forward to
them championing this vision on behalf of the University in their
newfound leadership roles with this organization.”

1 http://diverseeducation.com/article/12914/

2 University of Phoenix: 2014
Academic Annual Report

3 Center for American Progress: The
State of Latinos in the United States

About the Association of Latino Professionals For America

The Association of Latino Professionals For America (ALPFA)’s mission is
to empower and develop Latino men and women as leaders of character for
the nation, in every sector of the global economy. ALPFA supports
over 72,000 Latino students, professionals, and entrepreneurs through
more than 40 professional chapters and 160 student chapters at major
colleges and universities nationwide.

About University of Phoenix

University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help working adults
move efficiently from education to careers in a rapidly changing world.
Flexible schedules, relevant and engaging courses, and interactive
learning can help students more effectively pursue career and personal
aspirations while balancing their busy lives. As a subsidiary of Apollo
Education Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: APOL),
University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering
associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs from
campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online
throughout the world. For more information, visit www.phoenix.edu.

Contacts

University of Phoenix
Becky Frost, 602-557-8638
Becky.Frost@apollo.edu