Benjamin Duarte

​Outreach Specialist, MESA Engineering Program (MEP) and Chico STEM Connections Collaborative (CSC2)
California State University, Chico​​

Ben Duarte’s dedication to student success is emblematic of the ideology of the MESA Engineering Program at Chico State. With laser focus and deep commitment, Duarte helps transform the lives of hundreds of students, particularly those from underserved backgrounds. His work in service of racial equity and inclusion is one of the reasons why the campus has a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) designation. He says his “position chose him,” but the Chico State alumnus is exalted for his authentic and infectious enthusiasm towards peers, staff and students across the campus which earned him an Outstanding Staff Employee of the Year Award. Devoted to the success of the MEP and Technical Career Fair, he increased company participation from 30 to over 100. “Making a difference in the lives of students goes far beyond the student, as they become the beacons of change for their families, friends and immediate communities,” Duarte says. ​

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