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November 7, 2017

Chris de Hoyos 

HACU partners with National University to Host a Youth Leadership Development Forum STEM Day in San Diego

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), in partnership with National University in San Diego, hosted a Students in STEM Youth Leadership Development Forum (YLDF) sponsored by the GM Foundation on October 27, 2017. The YLDF brought together over 700 students from San Diego and neighboring counties to National University’s Spectrum Park Complex in Kearny Mesa.

The YLDF provided middle and high school students with varying levels of exposure to STEM fields and an opportunity to learn about academic and career pathways in these areas. Students and teachers were welcomed by HACU President and CEO Antonio R. Flores and National University Chancellor  Michael Cunningham.

“We at HACU, General Motors, and National University are here for you. You are the future of our country and we all want to help you achieve your dreams and hopes, and I’m here to tell you that ¡Sí se puede!” said HACU President and CEO Antonio R. Flores.  “All your dreams and hopes can come true even beyond your wildest dreams if you work hard at graduating from high school with the best grades possible and then go to college and get a degree.”

Also in attendance at the opening of the YLDF were Raul Villarreal, General Manager at the Arlington, TX General Motors Plant, City Councilmember Chris Cates from District 6 and Lt. John Hernandez, Navy Pilot and Physicist.    

The YLDF is a pre-conference event hosted each year in partnership with a local institution.  The 2018 YLDF will be held in Atlanta, Georgia.