Two from New Paltz selected as SUNY Hispanic Leadership Institute fellows

Two SUNY New Paltz administrators will join eight other SUNY faculty and staff from six campuses as newly named 2022 fellows in SUNY’s Hispanic Leadership Institute (HLI).

Dante Cantú, Executive Director of Academic Advising and Student Success, and Tanhena Pacheco Dunn, Assistant Vice President for Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, will be taking part in six-month leadership development programs for the SUNY HLI’s Emerging Hispanic/Latinx Leaders.

HLI is charged with developing and supporting the next generation of Hispanic/Latinx leaders across the SUNY system in order to forge a more diverse university system. More than 41 SUNY Leaders have graduated from the program in the last five years.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to participate in the 2022 institute with such a diverse and talented cohort,” said Cantú. “The program is held in high regard by past fellows, and I am confident it will enhance my capacity as a mission-driven leader during a time of accelerated change and adaptation.”

“I am honored to be selected to participate in the HLI,” said Pacheco Dunn. “All too often we focus so intently on the work of our positions, and we don’t place a priority on fueling our professional engine. I am looking forward to a rich professional development experience that expands my connection to colleagues across the SUNY system.  I am excited to see the powerful impact of representation and to discuss and learn about the journey to leadership through the lens of Hispanic leaders across a range of fields and disciplines.”

The HLI intensive six-month experience provides an opportunity for future SUNY leaders of Hispanic descent to focus on higher education leadership skills and competencies required in today’s ever-changing academic and administrative environment. Fellows will use personal assessment tools, participate in training sessions and webinars, and engage in conversation with national and state Hispanic leaders.

“The Hispanic Leadership Institute is a profound example of the pure talent comprising SUNY’s faculty and staff,” Chancellor Malatras said in announcing the newest fellows. “The Hispanic Leadership Institute grows stronger with each year’s class, as participants share their experience, knowledge, and motivation to do more.”


The SUNY Hispanic Leadership Institute serves as a resource for Hispanic and Latinx leaders in higher education, both in New York State and across the country. Its mission is to foster and support the professional development and retention of current and emerging leaders to create a more diverse university system. For more information about the SUNY Hispanic Leadership Institute, visit

Photos and bios of all 10 fellows can be found at this link.