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

Agenda subject to change

March 14

Session / Speakers

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Registration/Information/Cyber Cafe

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

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

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

Noon - 1:30 p.m.

Opening Plenary Luncheon
"Accreditation Reform: Its Impact on Education Quality"

1:30 - 1:45 p.m.


1:45 - 3:00 p.m.

Early Afternoon Session
"Skin in the Game: Measures of Institutional Accountability"

Convener: Dr. Sharon Hahs, President, Northeastern Illinois University

- Justin Draeger, President & CEO of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators

3:00 - 3:15 p.m.

Coffee Break

3:15 - 4:30 p.m.

Late Afternoon Session
"Teacher Preparation: HSIs' Role in Teacher Diversity"


- Dr. Leslie Fenwick, Dean College of Education, Howard University
- Delisa K. Saunders, Deputy Director, Human Rights and Community Relations Department, American Federation of Teachers

4:30 - 5:00 p.m.

State Delegation Information Session

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Student Advocacy 101 

6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Reception benefiting HACU Alumni Association (HAA) 
(additional registration required)

Location TBD

March 15


8:00 - Noon

Registration/Information/Cyber Cafe

8:00 - 8:30 a.m.


8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Capitol Hill Overview, Logistics and Procedures.
HACU's Legislative Priorities and Questions & Answers Session

10:15 - 11:15 a.m.

Plenary: "Hispanics and the 2016 Election"
Box Lunches will be provided


- Mark Hugo Lopez, Director of Hispanic Research, PEW Hispanic Research Center
- Erin Hustings, Senior Policy Analyst, NALEO Educational Fund

11:30 a.m.

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

Noon - 4:00 p.m.

Capitol Hill Visits
(Varied locations according to state delegation schedule provided)

4:30 - 5:15 p.m.

Post-Capitol Hill Debriefing Session

Location: TBD

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Capitol Hill Reception: "Honoring the Champions of Hispanic Higher Education in Congress"

Rayburn House Office Building
(Independence Ave. between First Street SW & South Capitol Street)
Room B-338
Washington, D.C. 20515

To see a list of institutions being represented at HACU's 21st Annual National Capitol Forum, please click here.