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Meet Miguel Arellano Arriaga. By day, he works as the program coordinator for the Sam Houston State University’s ELITE Program. Founded by former staff member Candy Harris, ELITE—which stands for Establishing Leadership In and Through Education—recruits minority males as incoming freshmen and aims to improve their college retention by providing individualized academic support and career planning. By night, Arellano Arriaga is a graduate student pursuing his master’s degree in Psychology.
Originally from Mexico, Arellano Arriaga’s family relocated to Palacios, Texas when he was seven. Arellano Arriaga joined the ELITE program as a freshman and later worked as a student assistant for the program, a role he held while completing his undergraduate studies. After he graduates with his master’s, he hopes to earn a PhD in Industrial Organizational Psychology, but until then his goal with ELITE is to create a structured alumni program. For more on the Arellano Arriaga and the ELITE program, check out this recent Today@Sam article or visit the Sam Houston ELITE webpage: shsu.edu/centers/sam-center/ELITE/.