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The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) will host its 2014 Annual Conference October 4-6 in Denver, CO. HACU’s premier national conference features sessions about the best and most promising practices in the education of Hispanics.

Speaker proposals will be accepted under the conference theme, Championing Hispanic Higher Education Success: Investing in America's Future.  Download Guidelines

The Call for Presentations is now closed.

The Call for Presentations seeks proposals for workshops that address the theme in any of the following six conference tracks:

  1. Grants and Funding Opportunities 
    Grant opportunities available from government and private sources. Presentations on outcomes of programs implemented at colleges and universities and made possible with grant-funded assistance. Topics include:
    • Title V, USDA, HUD, NSF, USAID, and other federal grants opportunities
    • Private and corporate foundation grant opportunities
    • Grant applications 101: Researching and Writing a Winning Proposal
    • Research and statistical tools for grant applications
    • How to become a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI)
  2. Partnerships that Work 
    Collaborative partnerships that have helped overcome challenges faced by institutions and their students. Topics include:
    • Growing the Hispanic professorial pool: faculty and leadership for the future
    • K-12 and postsecondary education: Hispanic-Serving School Districts/HACU-member institutions collaboration
    • HACU Associate Member and Partner Institutions: untapped resources and partners
    • Curriculum alignment for collegiate success
    • Collaborative grants and shared resources
    • Community College partnerships
    • Business and education partnerships: making it work for both sides
  3. Academic Success for Hispanic Students, Research and Practice
    Successful programs and strategies that are ensuring the educational success of Hispanic students.  Topics include:
    • Effective practices in the K-college pipeline
    • Effective 2- to 4-year and beyond transfer programs
    • Growing our own: effective graduate student recruitment and graduation 
    • What does it mean to serve Hispanic students?
    • Exemplary practices at HSIs on teaching and learning
    • Current and ongoing research on Hispanic academic success
  4. Advocacy and Legislation 
    The latest developments in legislation affecting higher education and advocacy work of HACU-members. Topics include:
    • Key legislation: appropriations for HSIs, the DREAM Act, the Workforce Investment Act, the Higher Education Act (HEA), the Farm Bill, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)/No Child Left Behind (NCLB), and STEM competitiveness  
    • Hispanic-Serving School Districts in the education pipeline and in federal legislation
    • Innovative advocacy models: how to be effective advocates for your campus
    • HACU’s advocacy efforts for improved legislation and greater appropriations
    • Federal agency/HSI partnerships -- grants and research opportunities
    • State legislation and partnerships
  5. International Partnerships 
    Successful working models and opportunities for international collaboration in higher education.  Topics include:
    • Efforts and issues in HSI and Hispanic international education
    • New opportunities and effective programs for international higher education
    • Effective governmental-HACU member partnerships
    • How to fund international partnerships
    • Successful international partnerships: exemplary experiences
    • Technology related partnerships in international education
  6. Executive Leadership for Presidents and CEOs
    Issues of special interest to university presidents/CEOs. Topics include:
    • Leading HSI colleges and universities effectively
    • Institutional renewal and HSI identity
    • Embracing and communicating the emergence of HSIs on campus and beyond
    • Institutional performance and accountability measures and models
    • Developing sustainable institutions for a better future
    • Effective institutional governance and trustees
    • Emergency preparedness: ready for the unthinkable?

HACU Conference Format

HACU’s Annual Conference will feature general sessions with keynote speakers, and conference track sessions featuring individual presenters, panel discussions, and informative workshops.

Presentation slots are 75 minutes in length, including time for questions and discussion. Interactive sessions are much preferred over lecture-style presentations.  A panel session is composed of two or three presentations on different aspects of a specific topic.  A workshop is an interactive session composed of one to three presentations aimed to develop a particular skill or knowledge in a specific area.  No more than four individuals may serve on a panel or workshop session. In some instances, the HACU review committee may suggest combining presentations similar in content into one workshop or panel.

All conference rooms will be set up to accommodate the maximum number of conference participants possible. LCD projectors, laptops and screens are available to presenters at no cost. Additional equipment, such as internet connectivity and TVs, can be available at an additional cost to presenters.

Submission Guidelines

  • A Call for Presentations Online Submission Form must be submitted via HACU’s website,
  • Submissions must include the following: 
    • Presentation Title (10 word limit)
    • Presentation Abstract (50-75 word limit) – A brief description to be included in the conference program
    • Presentation Plan (50 word limit) – A brief description to be included in conference program that provides an overview of expected audience involvement. Interactive presentations are highly encouraged.
    • Presentation Summary (250-300 word limit) – Extended description of proposal for committee review. Proposals will be reviewed for relevance to 2014 conference theme, thoroughness and clarity, and expected learning outcomes.
  • More than one proposal may be submitted, but only one will be accepted per presenter. 
  • The first presenter listed on the submission form is the lead contact and will provide all contact information for co-presenters to HACU. This individual is responsible for disseminating all correspondence from HACU to co-presenters as well as for organizing and facilitating the presentation. All presenters are required to register for the conference, but will be able to register at a discounted conference registration rate.  
  • HACU reserves the right to edit summaries of accepted presentations for inclusion in the conference program.

Presentation proposals must be submitted online and will be accepted until March 1, 2014.
Notification of HACU workshop committee decisions will be made by April 4, 2014.

About HACU

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), founded in 1986, is a nonprofit 501(c) 3 association representing more than 400 colleges and universities in the United States, Puerto Rico, Latin America and Spain. Visit for information and updates on HACU’s 28th Annual Conference.

For questions or additional information regarding the Call for Presentations process, please contact Darlene Martin, Conference Coordinator, at (210) 576-3208 or