Yudi Lewis honored with Utah’s 40 Over 40 award
OGDEN, Utah — Weber State University’s executive director of Hispanic-Serving Institution Initiatives Yudi Lewis has been named one of Utah’s 40 over 40 successful women for her work in higher education.
Utah’s 40 Over 40 is a nonprofit organization that celebrates the achievements of women transforming their communities.
“I feel a deep sense of honor and humility to receive recognition for the work I am truly passionate about: fostering opportunities for students to access and achieve their dreams in higher education,” Lewis said. “This award serves as a beautiful testament to the remarkable women who, each in their unique ways, are reshaping Utah's landscape to be more inclusive and equitable.”
Lewis joined Weber State in September 2022 to help reach the goal of becoming an emerging Hispanic-Serving Institution. She’s had prior success in increasing the enrollment of Hispanic and Latino students by 361% and graduation headcount by 724% at another university in Utah.
She has also helped acquire over $600,000 in grant money to support educational opportunities for Utah youth. Lewis is an acclaimed presenter at national and international conferences. Her tuition-free Latino Scientists of Tomorrow program has been replicated at six schools nationwide.
Lewis has connected with thousands of students by sharing her story and advocating for them.
“My role in higher education enables me to give back by opening doors to educational possibilities for students, just as someone once did for me,” Lewis said. “I firmly believe that the only true impossibilities in life are the things you do not try. I urge every student to discover their passion and relentlessly pursue their dreams.”
Lewis was also recently named a 2023 Living Color Utah award recipient, which honors individuals who help cultivate diversity and inclusion in Utah.
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