Hector fundamentally believes that education opens doors for people. He is an impassioned advocate for providing better access to education solutions and finding ways to utilize instructional technology to improve the lives of children and adults, particularly in economically and educationally disadvantaged areas.
"The legacy of opportunity is a dream felt around
the world. It is our shared responsibility to not only connect students to opportunities, but secure
their ability to do so."
Believing that a quality education provides opportunity and an educated electoral is critical to a strong democracy, Hector is a board member of Breakthrough Austin, an organization involved in helping particularly underrepresented people of color achieve an education.
To support future leaders in technology, the Hector De Jesus Ruiz Endowed Leadership Scholarship was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on February 11, 2015, to benefit The University of Texas Cockrell School of Engineering. Gift funds were provided by Hector de Jesus Ruiz, Ph.D.
Hector’s commitment to education is reflected in his active service at the following academic institutions.
Hector believes U.S. academic institutions have the tremendous challenge and responsibility to provide education solutions that adequately prepare technology leaders for an ever-evolving and complex world.
"Now leaders, more than ever, have to be prepared, able, and capable of anticipating and envisioning what the technology could do down the road."
Hector believes complex challenges demand collaborative answers. He advocates for innovative educational initiatives with technology integration - designed to nurture adaptive leaders with the courage of conviction and the willingness to work outside of traditional lanes of influence.
Hector is also a passionate advocate to solve the digital divide that separates communities from the opportunities that so many of us take for granted. This includes complete education solutions with technology integration. He believes devices are only part of the answer, where merely adding technology to old ways of thinking isn’t enough. It matters very much what technology delivers - instructional technology that is accessible to both children and adults around the world.
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