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September 20, 2018

HACU stands in solidarity with Puerto Rico

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities is among the coalition members that have joined the Hispanic Federation in the Take Action for Puerto Rico campaign. On this one-year mark of Hurricane Maria, Latino and social justice organizations across the country are calling for federal government support for the people on the island. 

HACU leadership visited the Island this past February and March to discuss recovery issues with Puerto Rico leaders. “HACU stands in solidarity with Puerto Rico,” said HACU President and CEO Antonio R. Flores. “We are committed to helping Puerto Rico as much as we can. Our Association continues to recruit students from the island for paid positions under the HACU National Internship Program. We also advocated successfully with the U.S. Secretary of Education to increase financial assistance for Puerto Rico institutions.”  

Last year, HACU’s outreach to its member institutions helped facilitate the relocation of students to mainland institutions after the hurricane. HACU also offered Puerto Rico higher education institutions complimentary membership for 12 months in 2018. Additionally, the Association announced it would hold host its 13th International Conference, "University Resilience and Renaissance: The Challenge of Climate Change and Other Global Shifts," in Puerto Rico on May 1-3, 2019. 

For more information on getting involved in coalition efforts, visit www.takeaction4pr.org.