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February 14, 2019

Norma Jean Revilla-Garcia 

Hispanic-Serving Institutions to convene in Washington, D.C. April 1-2 for HACU’s Capitol Forum on Hispanic Higher Education 

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities will host its 24th Annual National Capitol Forum on Hispanic Higher Education April 1-2, 2019, in Washington, D.C. The two day Forum will include two free pre-conference workshops. The Forum, which begins at noon includes sessions to help prepare participants for the state delegation visits to congressional offices on Capitol Hill. Click here for detailed schedule.  

Two free workshops will be held prior to the Forum: “Title V Grants and Funding” presented by Irma Lawrence, Ed.D., national program leader, Hispanic Serving Institutions Education Grants Program, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture; and Beatriz Ceja-Williams, director, Hispanic-Serving Institutions Division, Office of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education. A “Funding Opportunities for HSIs Workshop, will be presented by Talitha Washington Ph.D., program director, Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI Program), National Science Foundation; and James Campos, director, Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, U.S. Department of Energy.  

The opening luncheon, “Collaboration Between PK-12 and Higher Education: The Evolution of Title V, Part C,” will be convened by Tomás Morales, Ph.D., president, California State University San Bernardino. Panelists will include Ted Alejandre, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools; Patricia Alvarez McHatton, Ph.D., executive vice president academic affairs, student success and P-16 Integration, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley; and Phillip Lovell, vice president, policy development and government relations, Alliance for Excellent Education.

The early afternoon session, "Update on the HEA Reauthorization and its Impact on Hispanic-Serving Institutions," will be convened by Félix V. Matos Rodríguez, Ph.D., chair, HACU Governing Board, president, Queens College CUNY. Panelists include Mary Nguyen Barry, Policy Advisor, Ranking Member Patty Murray, U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; Barmak Nassirian, director of federal relations and policy analysis, American Association of State Colleges and Universities and Lexi Barrett, senior director, National Education Policy, JFF.

The late afternoon session, “Hispanic-Serving Institutions: Vital to Increasing Latinos in STEM Fields,” will be convened by Beatriz T. Espinoza, Ph.D., president, Coastal Bend College. Panelists include: Elba Serrano, Ph.D., Regents Professor, NSF/HSI-STEM Hub Grantee, New Mexico State University; Stacey Slijepcevic, Ph.D., education program specialist, Office of Postsecondary Education Student Service - HSI Program, U.S. Department of Education; Wendy M. Stack, Ph.D., associate vice president, access innovation and research, Northeastern Illinois University, Title III, Part F Grantee.

Other workshops include Hispanic Demographics in the 116th Congress and 2020 Census with panelists Ana Gonzalez-Barrera, senior researcher, Pew Research Center; Arturo Vargas, chief executive officer, NALEO Educational Fund; a State Delegation Information Session (post session for students); Final Questions and Answers Session prior to the Capitol Hill Visits, Post-Capitol Hill Debriefing Session. The Forum will conclude with a Capitol Hill Reception Honoring the Champions of Hispanic Higher Education in Congress.

Download a flyer here. Student discounts are available. Discounts are also available for groups of 5 or more. Register online here and by March 18th. Onsite registration will be available.

Sponsorship opportunities are available.  


Photo: 2018 Capitol Forum