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HACU President Antonio Flores to Kick Off a Series of Dialogues on Hispanic Education Issues, “What Does It Mean to be a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI)?”

Las Vegas, NM – Antonio Flores, President of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), is the featured kick-off speaker at New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU) for a year-long series of six dialogues sponsored by the NMHU Southwest Studies Program. The series title is, “What does it mean to be a Hispanic-Serving Institution?”

The first event is scheduled for Monday, September 8, with a reception at 6:00 p.m. and the discussion at 7:00 p.m., at the Donnelly Library Annex, Room G-35, NMHU main campus in Las Vegas, NM. Two more discussions will take place during the fall semester and three additional in the spring.

Named one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States by Hispanic Business magazine, and one of the 50 Most Important Hispanics in Business and Technology by Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology magazine, Dr. Flores has received numerous awards for his leadership and advocacy for higher education access, equity and success for the nation’s youngest and fastest-growing ethnic population.

HACU represents more than 300 colleges and universities serving the largest concentrations of Hispanic higher education students in the United States.

“I hope that the forum provides everyone a better understanding of who we are and prompts discussion regarding greater success in serving all our students, our community, and New Mexico,” said Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Roy Lujan, who is also a faculty member of Southwest Studies Program.

“Colleges and Universities and elected officials, across New Mexico, local community members, faculty, staff, and of course our students are being invited to join us in this discussion of what it means to be a Hispanic-Serving Institution. With our 110-year legacy as a New Mexico Hispanic-Serving Institution, we felt it was a vital inquiry to begin, both campus-wide and statewide,” says NMHU President Sharon Caballero.

For more information, contact HACU Director of Communications Daniel Casillas at HACU national headquarters in San Antonio, Texas, at (210) 692-3805. Ext. 3249 ( Or visit