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May 4, 2017 

HACU Act on the DREAM Summit held in Washington, D.C.

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) hosted an Act on the DREAM Summit on April 26, 2017, following the 22nd Annual National Capitol Forum in Washington, D.C. The Summit brought together leaders from national organizations and immigration stakeholders to discuss advocacy strategies and resources for institutions and school districts to better serve DREAMers.

The day-long Summit included Senator Dick Durbin as the morning keynote speaker, followed by Executive Director and Co-Founder, of United We Dream, Cristina Jimenez.  The luncheon keynote speaker was Representative Luis V. Gutierrez.

The invitation-only event included an update on the BRIDGE Act, a panel discussion of the impact of DACA in higher education, and breakout sessions. A post-summit report summary will be released at a later date.

Photos: (top) HACU President and CEO Antonio R. Flores, Senator Dick Durbin, Executive Director and Co-Founder, of United We Dream, Cristina Jimenez and HACU Governing Board Chair William V. Flores, Provost and Associate Vice Chancellor of Antioch University, Santa Barbara. (bottom)  Representative Luis V. Gutierrez speaks during the luncheon of the HACU Act on the DREAM Summit.

Representatives from the following organizations were among those in attendance.

  • Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities
  • California State University System
  • Catholic Legal Immigration Network
  • Center for Law and Social Policy
  • Council of Christian Colleges & Universities
  • Council of Graduate Schools
  • Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities
  • League of Latin American Citizens
  • Los Angeles Mission College
  • Lumina Foundation
  • Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)
  • NAFSA: Association of International Administrators in Higher Education
  • NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • National Council of La Raza
  • National Education Association
  • National Immigration Law Center
  • New Jersey City University
  • Saint Michael's College
  • Solidarity Strategies
  • St. Augustine College
  • United We Dream
  • University of California, Office of the President
  • US Citizenship & Immigration Services
  • US Citizenship & Immigration Services

The HACU Act on the DREAM Summit was made possible with support from: Lumina Foundation, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, American Dental Education Association (ADEA), Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, Council of Graduate Schools, NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and National Association for College Admission Counseling.