Hispanic Fund,

In Honor of Dr. Marla Franco.

Over the last twenty years, Marla has dedicated her career in support of marginalized student advancement and equitable learning environments. Moving from California to Arizona, her work continuously elevated the Latinx student narrative, and as a result, earned the University of Arizona notoriety as a leading Hispanic Serving Institution.


In addition to her many equity-focused efforts, she co-founded the STEM in HSI Working Group and co-authored publications in favor of Hispanic Servingness.


Marla's transformational leadership has inspired and motivated students, faculty, staff, and community members alike to innovate and enact change.