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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 15, 2006

Conference Roundtable focuses on Collaboration for Hispanic higher education success

San Antonio, TX - The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) will host an important roundtable discussion Monday, October 30, from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.during its 20th Annual Conference at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio.

Scheduled to present are:
• Dr. Victor Arredondo Alvarez, Secretario de Educación y Cultura, Gobierno del Estado de Veracruz, Mexico
• Dr. Lic. Miguel Angel Martinez Espinosa, Secretario de Educación, Gobierno del Estado de Jalisco, Mexico
• Dr. Eugene Garcia, Vice President, University-School Partnerships, Arizona State University
• Dr. Wilfredo Laboy, Superintendent, Lawrence Public Schools, Massachusetts, and
• Dr. Diana Natalicio, President, University of Texas at El Paso

The panelists will discuss the main challenges and opportunities faced by Hispanic-Serving School Districts (HSSDs) and Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), as well as other HACU-member institutions, in their efforts to increase collaboration for greater Hispanic student success.

The issue of teacher shortages will be emphasized with a view to creating new options for the recruitment of Hispanic teachers from abroad, while at the same time making greater efforts to expand and strengthen teacher education programs at HACU-member institutions to enhance the supply and quality of teachers.

This session is presented as part of HACU’s launching of an HSSD affiliate category this fall.

HACU's 20th Annual Conference is scheduled from October 28-31, 2006.  For more information on the conference, please visit http://www.hacu.net/.

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