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October 31, 2018

HSIs discussed during executive briefing at Apple corporate headquarters

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities President and CEO Antonio R. Flores gave introductory remarks on October 31, 2018, during an executive briefing that took place at Apple Park, the corporate headquarters of Apple Inc., in Cupertino, California. HACU staff members were among those joining leaders of Hispanic-Serving Institutions from across the country in the briefing with Apple leaders.

Flores spoke about HACU's mission and its commitment to increase the number of Hispanics in the technology industry. He also gave an overview of HSIs as being among the most racially and ethnically diverse higher education institutions in the U.S.

According to Flores, HSIs represent 13% of all colleges and universities nationwide, but together they are home to two thirds of the 3.29 million Hispanic college students. They also enroll 21% of African Americans, 39% of Asian Americans, and 18% of Native Americans.

The agenda included discussions on student success in the 21st Century, the next generation workforce and a tour of Apple Park. Apple representatives discussed collaborations and the importance of leveraging technology to address the rapidly changing needs of students and educators. The goal of the briefing was to build relationships leading to new and innovative ways to work together in advancing the success of Hispanic students in higher education and increasing the pool of diverse students in the STEM pipeline.

Representatives from the following institutions were among those in attendance:

  • City Colleges of Chicago - Eric Lugo, executive vice chancellor
  • California State University San Bernardino - Samuel Sudhakar, Ph.D., vice president & chief information officer
  • Glendale Community College (Ariz.) - Teresa Leyva Ruiz, Ed.D., president
  • Heritage University (Wash.) - Andrew Sund, Ph.D., president
  • Houston Community College District - Cesar Maldonado, Ph.D., chancellor
  • Los Angeles Mission College - Monte Perez, Ph.D., president
  • Maricopa Community College District (Ariz.) - Maria Harper-Marinick, Ph.D., chancellor
  • New Jersey City University - Guillermo de Veyga, Ph.D., chief of staff, office of the president
  • Northeastern Illinois University - Suleyma Perez, Ph.D., executive director of government relations
  • Northeastern Illinois University - Wamucii Njogu, Ph.D., acting provost
  • Sacramento City College - Michael Gutierrez, president
  • San Diego State University - Adela de la Torre, Ph.D., president
  • University of Houston Downtown - Juan Munoz, Ph.D., president

Also, joining Antonio R. Flores HACU president and CEO were Sandy Holt, chief development & marketing officer, HACU; Amy Jimenez, legislative director, HACU Western Regional Office; and Maria Alvarez, chief of staff, CA Assemblyman Kevin McCarty.

The HACU Educational Briefing is an initiative designed to bring technology companies and HSI CEOs together to collaborate on workforce issues.