Villamaría at Maryville College is an initiative aimed at improving and increasing access to Maryville College for Latino students from surrounding East Tennessee counties. The program seeks to build and strengthen relationships with the Latino community, including an increase in Latino student enrollment.

Our Mission: “We will listen, we will learn, and we will serve our region to become the institution of choice for our Latino community.”

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Fall 2020 Villamaría Symposium
at Maryville College


Opening Doors, Changing Lives: Supporting Higher Education Dreams of Latinx Students and Families

Friday, September 27, 2019 | 8:30-3:00 P.M.


East Tennessee teachers, counselors, administrators, college admissions professionals, and community allies gathered for the 6th annual Villamaría Symposium as we explore together this year's theme: "Opening Doors, Changing Lives: Supporting Higher Education Dreams of Latinx Students and Families." Highlights included:

  • A presentation by Karla MacIntyre, College Success Coach for Conexión Américas, entitled "They Didn't Know We Were Seeds: Rising Up in the Face of Adversity," which offered a policy update on legislation affecting immigrant families that ultimately has an impact on students' general well-being and access to education and other resources as well as a message of hope and resilience. 

  • Luci Diego and Megan Barolet-Fogarty from Centro Hispano de East Tennessee offered an overview of cultural factors that affect well-being and academic success among Latinx students in high school and college.  

  • Fulton High School teachers and school counselors shared best practices from their intentional, integrated model for serving DACA/undocumented students. 

  • A panel of Latinx young professionals shared their experiences on the journey from high school to college to career. 

  • An interactive exercise, facilitated by Bev Anderson, Bearden High School School Counselor, offered attendees practice with addressing barriers to college access. 

  • An optional campus tour and conversation with Maryville College students was be available from 3:15-4:15 pm. 

  • For those interested in gathering to process and socialize following the conference, space was reserved at a local restaurant for some social time from 3:30-6:00 pm. 

In the Newsclick or touch to open

Equal Opportunity for Higher Education

Maryville College has now partnered with Equal Chance for Education. Read more about our partnership here.

MC President Dr. Tom Bogart wrote an opinion piece for The Knoxville News Sentinel regarding DACA. 

Student Resourcesclick or touch to open

 For DACA/Undocumented students

Maryville College welcomes and strongly supports DACA/Undocumented Students in pursuing their higher education goals. Maryville College President Dr. Tom Bogart released a statement in September 2017 in support of DACA/Undocumented Students.

Additional information and resources for DACA/Undocumented Students can be found at this link:

Previous Conferencesclick or touch to open

Past Villimaría Conferences at MC