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August 1, 2016

Lupe Flores 

HACU executive director of legislative affairs to serve on panel at Equity in Education seminar 

Alicia Diaz, executive director of legislative affairs for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), will be part of the panel "Are Hispanic-Serving Institutions Actually ‘Serving’ Their Students?" at the seminar “Equity in Education: What That Means for Latino Students” hosted by the Education Writers Association, Aug. 3, 2016, from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in Washington, D.C. 

Diaz will discuss how HSIs attract, retain and graduate Hispanic students, as well has how these institutions develop beyond Hispanic-enrolling into Hispanic-serving. She will focus on programs and initiatives that specifically address the Hispanic student and discuss challenges raised by flat federal funding for HSI grants despite dramatic growth in Hispanic enrollments and in the number of HSIs.

Diaz will be joined on the panel (moderated by Telemundo anchor Sulema Salazar) by:

  • Eric Felix, research assistant, University of Southern California Center for Urban Education
  • Clara Oropeza, professor, Santa Barbara City College
  • Deborah Santiago, chief operating officer and vice president for policy, Excelencia in Education