Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Dr. Robert Garcia

An Outstanding Islander

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Empowering the Community
Everyday Dr. Robert Garcia sees the positive impact that the free programs offered at the Antonio E. Garcia Arts & Education Center has on low-income Hispanic families. The executive director of the Center began his Island University career as a graduate assistant in 2001. The Coastal Bend native and alumnus received his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees at the University. He is responsible for overseeing Garcia Center programming, bringing in new programs and leveraging University resources that connect Texas A&M-Corpus Christi to the West Side community. At the same time, University doctoral and master's students develop hands-on experience and families get services they need on their path to becoming empowered and responsible citizens. Garcia Center programs include Que Pasa Open Mic; Family Health Fair; Family Night Out; Happy Kitchens, Healthy Choices; the Life Enhancement & Academic Direction (LEAD) program; and Youth Leadership Academy. Garcia is a Westside Business Association board member, a Staff Advisory Council member and a graduate of the Leadership Corpus Christi Class XXXVII. Recently, the Center was awarded a $250,000 Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) grant for programs supporting at risk-students and their families. In the last five years the Center has received OJJDP monies totaling more than $1.1 million. Garcia is a member of the International Reading Association and the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education. He met his wife, Stephanie Grote-Garcia, at the University in 2006.

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