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Sept. 4, 2013

Lupe Flores

Celebrate National HSIs Week with the PBS broadcast of “Latino Americans”

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) invites HACU-member institutions to participate in special viewings of “Latino Americans,” the first major documentary series about Latino Americans to air on PBS, 8 to 10 p.m. EST, during the following dates: Sep. 17, Sept. 24, and Oct. 1.

HACU encourages Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) to utilize the programming and free curriculum as part of a campus event during the observance of National HSIs Week, Sept. 15-21.

To promote the series use the hashtag #LatinosPBS before and during the broadcast of the premiere episode, and include the hashtag #hsiweek if your event is part of HSIs week. You can also contact us via email at, post directly to the HACU Timeline on Facebook, or direct message us on Twitter.

  • PBS provides educator support via to obtain videos for screenings in local communities and complimentary one-on-one coaching sessions in using the content in learning settings.
  • The series will also be broadcast nationally in Spanish on Vme, the Spanish-language channel on public television, over six consecutive Fridays beginning on Sept. 20, and is accompanied by a book by Ray Suarez, PBS News Hour chief national correspondent, available in English and Spanish, Sept. 2013.
  • Materials will be available for educators by Sept. 17, 2013, at no cost and can be accessed via the web site. The curriculum includes: 14 multi-media lessons and activities of six comprehensive lessons that address themes across diverse Latino experiences, communities, and events; and eight mini-lessons that focus on a particular event, experience, or community.
  • Teachers and students are also invited to share their own stories through the program website’s story sharing interface.

For more information about the PBS “Latino Americans,” documentary, contact Neyda Martinez, PBS national engagement consultant or Tony Gomez, national education consultant.

For information or questions about National HSIs week, please contact: Laura Maristany, HACU executive director of legislative affairs.