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All events will take place at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center unless otherwise noted. 

Agenda subject to change

March 23

Session / Speakers

8:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Registration/Information/Cyber Cafe

8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
US Department of Agriculture Listening Session

Convener: Serena Dávila - Executive Director Legislative Affairs, HACU

- Dr. Irma Lawrence - National Program Leader, USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture

8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
US Department of Education Funding Session

Convener: Luis Maldonado - Chief Advocacy Officer, HACU

- Ralph Hines - Director of United States Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) and HSI Acting Division Director

10:15 - 11:45 a.m.
Federal Funding Opportunities Workshop

Convener: Alicia Diaz - Executive Director Legislative Affairs, HACU

- Dr. José L. Muñoz, Chief Technology Officer, National Science Foundation

- Amanda Quiñones, Program Analyst, Office of Minority Education and Community Development, U.S. Department of Energy
- Myriam C. Gerdine, MPH, Social Science Research Analyst, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Noon - 1:30 pm

Opening Lunch Plenary
"20 Years of HSI Funding: Lessons Learned and Future Steps"

Convener: Dr. Tomás D. Morales (Chair, HACU Governing Board) - President, California State University, San Bernadino

- Ted Mithchell - Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Education
- Dr. Joan Ferrini-Mundy, Assistant Director, Education and Human Resources Directorate, The National Science Foundation
- Mark Lopez - Pew Research Center

1:30 - 1:45 p.m.


1:45 - 3:00 p.m.

Early Afternoon Session 
"The Higher Education Act Reauthorization: Issues and Implications for HSIs in 114th Congress"

Convener: Dr. Jorge Vélez-Arocho (Chair of the Government Relations Committee) - President, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Puerto Rico

- Cheryl L. Smith, Senior Vice President,  Public Policy & Government Affairs, United Negro College Fund
- David Baime, Senior Vice President for Government Relations and Research, American Association of Community Colleges

3:00 - 3:15 p.m.

Coffee Break

3:15 - 4:30 p.m.

Late Afternoon Session
The Budget's Impact on HSIs: Appropriations for FY 2016

Convener: Dr. Suleyma Perez, Executive Director of Government Relations,  Northeastern Illinois University

- Todd Sloves, Legislative Assistant, Congressman Joseph Crowley
- Joel Packer, Executive Director, Committee for Education Funding
- Eric Rodriguez - NCLR - Vice President, Office of Research, Advocacy and Legislation

4:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Distribute Meeting Folders

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Student Advocacy 101 - Post Session

6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

HACU Alumni (HAA) Reception (additional registration required)

March 24


8:00 - Noon

Registration/Information/Cyber Cafe

8:00 - 8:30 a.m.


8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Questions and Answers for Legislative Hill Day (LOGISTICS)

9:00 - 10:15 a.m.

"Federal Funds Accountability"

Convener: Dr. Sue Henderson, President, New Jersey City University

10:15 - 11:15 a.m.

Questions and Answers for Capitol Hill Overview (Box Lunches will be provided)

11:30 a.m.

Buses leave hotel for Capitol Hill Visits (one way transportation only)

Noon - 4:00 p.m.

Capitol Hill Visits

4:30 - 5:15 p.m.

Post-Capitol Hill Debriefing Session
Location: HC-8. The House side of the Capitol

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

20th Annual National Capitol Forum Reception 
"Honoring the Champions of Hispanic Higher Education in Congress"

Location: 345 Cannon, Washington, DC 20515 (Cannon Caucus Room, Cannon Building)

**Click here to see a list of institutions represented to attend the 20th Capitol Forum.**