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May 1, 2019 

HACU hosts its 13th International Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico

The Hispanic Association and Colleges and Universities kicked off its 13th International Conference “University Resilience and Renaissance: The Challenge of Climate Change and Other Global Shifts,” taking place May 1-3, 2019, at the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel and Casino in San Juan, Puerto Rico. More than 250 participants are expected to attend the biennial conference.

Two free preconference workshops included presentations on “Resources for HSIs: Building Engagement with the Fulbright Program” and “The HSI Program at the National Science Foundation (NSF)” presented by program representatives.

The conference began with an Opening Ceremony and Welcome Reception, where the Secretary of State of Puerto Rico, Luis Rivera-Marín gave welcoming remarks on behalf of Governor Ricardo Rossello.

During opening remarks, HACU President and Antonio Flores recognized the Host and Sponsoring Committee for all their help in organizing this conference.

Host and Sponsoring Committee members:
  • Iris M. Camacho Meléndez, Dean of Students, Inter American University of Puerto Rico School of Law
  • Waleska Crespo Rivera, President, Universidad Central del Caribe
  • Tary García Palmer, Administrative Assistant and Communications, Inter American University of Puerto Rico, San Germán
  • Mildred Huertas Solá, Chancellor, Universidad Ana G. Méndez, Recinto de Carolina
  • Alberto López, Associate Vice President, EDP University
  • Sonia E. López Mora, Executive Assistant to the President for Internationalization, Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Arecibo
  • Jaime Iván López Rivera, Vice President for Student Affairs, Universidad Adventista de las Antillas
  • Agnes Mojica Comas, Chancellor, Inter American University of Puerto Rico, San Germán
  • Juan Leonardo Negron, Director of Programs and External Affairs, Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI)
  • Gladys T. Nieves-Vázquez, President, EDP University
  • Guillermo Nigaglioni, Vice President of Finance and Operations, Universidad del Sagrado Corazón
  • Genock Portela, Chancellor’s Executive Assistant, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez
  • Niurka Y. Vélez, Special Assistant, Compañía de Turismo – Gobierno de Puerto Rico
  • Jorge Iván Vélez–Arocho, President, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Puerto Rico

The Coro de Concierto del Recinto de San Germán de la Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico and La Tuna del Recinto Metro de la Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico provided the entertainment for the evening reception.  

The two-day conference program includes eighteen concurrent workshops and plenary presentations. A Student Track offered in conjunction with the conference included a visit to an area campus for panel discussions and workshops related to study abroad and other international education programs.

HACU’s 13th International Conference is made possible thanks to support from all its sponsors featured here.


HACU President and CEO, Antonio R. Flores and the Host and planning committee members at the Opening Ceremony and Reception.