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April 7, 2014

NJ Revilla-Garcia

Hispanic graduates in STEM fields discussed at the opening of the HACU Capitol Forum

HACU’s Capitol Forum on Hispanic Higher Education opened with a luncheon on “Hispanics in the STEM Fields: Policies that help HSIs get more Hispanics to obtain STEM degrees.” 

The convener of the luncheon was Rita Cepeda, Ph.D., Chancellor, San José/Evergreen Community College District and member of HACU’s Governing Board. The luncheon included welcoming remarks by HACU President and CEO Antonio R. Flores, Ph.D., and Tomás Morales, president of California State University, San Bernardino and vice-chair of HACU’s Governing Board. 

Speakers included The Honorable Gina McCarthy, administrator, Environmental Protection Agency and John Holdren, Ph.D., director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and co-chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).   

 
The Honorable Gina McCarthy administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency speaks at the opening luncheon of the Capitol Forum

The remainder of day one of the Capitol Forum includes an afternoon session on Key Legislative Proposals in the 113th Congress: Authorization Bills and a late afternoon session on The Budget’s Impact on HSIs: Appropriations for FY 2015, followed by sessions to prepare participants for Legislative Hill day. Day two will include a session on Immigration Reform and other Hispanic Legislative priorities for the Second Session of the 113th Congress and will follow with visits to Capitol Hill. 

HACU 2014 Capitol Forum sponsors include: ETS, Voces Verdes, The Coca Cola Company, AFT, EPA, and Southwest Airlines. Media sponsors include: DiversityInc, Hispanic Network Magazine, and Professional Women's Magazine.