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Updated February 23, 2018 

Hispanic-Serving Institutions to convene in Washington, D.C. for HACU’s Capitol Forum, April 9-10

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) 23rd Annual National Capitol Forum on Hispanic Higher Education will take place on April 9-10, 2018, in Washington, D.C., with session topics on the most pressing legislative and appropriations priorities for Hispanic-Serving Institutions. The two-day Forum will include state delegation visits to congressional offices on Capitol Hill.

Two free sessions will be held prior to the Forum: “Funding Opportunities” with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Education, and a “Funding Opportunities for HSIs Workshoppresented by U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of State.

The opening luncheon, “Achieving Real-World Learning and Career Readiness: Policy and Collaboration,” convened by Felix V. Matos Rodriguez, Ph.D., president of Queens College CUNY, will include speakers Kathleen Smith, acting assistant secretary, Office of Postsecondary Education of US Department of Education; Timothy P. White, Ph.D., chancellor of the California State University System; and Dane Linn, vice president of the Business Roundtable.

The early afternoon session "STEM Policy, HSIs and 115th Congress," convened by Margaret Venable, Ph.D., president of Dalton State College will include speakers Joan Ferrini-Mundy, Ph.D., Chief Operating Officer, National Science Foundation; Debbie Hughes, Vice President, Higher Education and Workforce Business-Higher Education Forum; Lorelle Espinoza, Ph.D., Co-Chair, Study Committee on Minority-Serving Institutions at the National Academy of Science, Assistant VP, at the American Council on Education; and John Moder, Senior VP and Chief Operating Officer of HACU. 

A session convened by Michael D. Amiridis, Ph.D., on “Immigration Reform – Past, Present, and Future Implications,” will include panelist Alida Garcia, VP and Head of Policy & Coalitions of and Corey Williams Federal Lobbyist of National Education Association
Click here for agenda for complete schedule.  

The second day of the Forum will take place on Capitol Hill and include morning sessions on “Congressional HSI Caucus,” “HEA Reauthorization,” followed by visits to Capitol Hill. A Post-Capitol Hill Debriefing session and a reception, “Honoring the Champions of Hispanic Higher Education in Congress,” will conclude the Forum.

Download a flyer here. Student discounts are available. Online registration is available, here. The deadline to register online is March 23. Onsite registration will also be available.

March 5 is the deadline to reserve an Ad in the Capitol Forum Program. The deadline to make hotel reservations at the discounted rate offered by Washington Marriott at Metro Center is March 9.  Sponsorship opportunities are also available.