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May 2, 2018

Chris de Hoyos

HACU to host the Fourth PreK-12/Higher Education Collaboration Symposium

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) will host its Fourth PreK-12/Higher Education Collaboration Symposium, a pre-conference event of HACU’s 32nd Annual Conference. The symposium will take place Oct. 6, 2018, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atlanta, Georgia.

The Symposium will feature presentations on student success initiatives implemented between colleges, universities and school districts. Panel presentations on “Building a Pathway to College Engagement,” “Building Pipelines from K-12 to College & Career,” and “Collaborations between Community Partners” will each be followed by group discussions.

Confirmed panelists include Erick Ramirez, Cultivamos Excelencia HSI counselor, University of California, Santa Cruz; Diley Hernandez, senior research scientist, Georgia Institute of Technology; and Nora Morales, diversity officer Prince George's County Public Schools; Melissa Jimenez, Recruitment Coordinator, Johnson County Community College; Dr. Ezequiel Peña, Assistant Vice President for global & Strategic Initiatives, Our Lady of the Lake University; and Dr. Andrea Guzman-Oliver, Assistant Vice President, Student Outreach and Diversity, Florida Atlantic University.

A networking lunch for participants of the Symposium and of the Latino Higher Education Leadership Institute will feature a welcome by Antonio R. Flores, Ph.D., president & CEO, HACU, and a keynote address by Modesto Maidique, Ph.D., president emeritus, Florida International University. Maidique is the executive director of the Chapmanville Leadership Development Program. He served as president of FIU for 23 years, the first Cuban-American to lead a U.S. university.

The Symposium brings together higher education leaders, PreK-12 administrators and other community stakeholders to empower communities by implementing collaborative practices.

The HACU PreK-12/Higher Education Collaboration Symposium is sponsored by the American Federation of Teachers and ACT. 

For additional information, contact Jeanette Morales, director, HACU PK-12 initiatives.