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June 26, 2017


HACU President and CEO in Washington D.C. to press for greater HSI funding

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities' (HACU) President and CEO Antonio R. Flores is in Washington D.C. to discuss funding and support for Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) and the students they serve. The goal is to impress upon legislators and federal leaders the important role HSIs play in educating and preparing the future workforce to maintain and expand the nation's global leadership. As Congress approaches the start of the summer recess and the end of the fiscal year, establishing and extending federal funding for HSIs in the federal budget is of paramount importance.

Flores met on June 26 with Madlyn Wohlman Rodriguez, Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Policy Development and Research/University Partnerships, and Curtissa Coleman, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Director of the Office of University Partnerships, to discuss HUD initiatives and specifically areas of focus for the new secretary. HACU is interested in pursuing new partnerships for HSIs that address critical social and economic issues, including poverty, education, housing, healthcare, and local neighborhood capacity building, and integrate community engagement themes into college and university curriculum, academic studies, and student activities.

 Flores also attended a luncheon on "Rising Chinese Foreign Direct Investment in Latin America and the Implications for the United States" sponsored by the Atlantic Council, and a reception with the American Council on Education board of directors at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.