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Oct. 8, 2019

Norma Jean Revilla-Garcia

HACU hosts 33rd Annual Conference "Championing Hispanic Higher Education Success: Meeting the Challenge of Prosperity and Equality" in Chicago 

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities held its 33rd Annual Conference “Championing Hispanic Higher Education Success: Meeting the Challenge of Prosperity and Equality" on Oct. 5-7, 2019, at the Hilton Chicago in Chicago, Ill. 

More than 1,850 attendees from across the nation participated, including more than 600 undergraduate students who took part in HACU’s ¡Adelante! Leadership Institute, the student track held in conjunction with the conference. Pre- and post-conference events were also held to address crucial issues in an expanded format.

  Photo: HACU President and CEO Antonio R. Flores, Raymund Paredes, Félix Matos Rodríguez and HACU Governing Board member and Convener, Maria Harper-Marinick, Chancellor, Maricopa Community Colleges.

The Opening Plenary honorees included the following: 

The Lifelong Leadership Award was presented to Raymund Paredes, former commissioner of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, in recognition of lifelong service to Hispanic higher education.

The President's Award of Excellence was presented to Félix Matos Rodríguez, Ph.D., chancellor, City University of New York and past chair of HACU’s Governing Board, in recognition of his outstanding service to Hispanic higher education success

The HACU Hall of Champions inductee was Diana Natalicio, Ph.D., president emerita of The University of Texas at El Paso. The award was accepted by Louie Rodriguez, J.D., associate vice president for student affairs at UTEP. 

Photo:  HACUGoverning Board member and Convener, Sue Henderson, President, New Jersey City University, Mike Flores, Christine Ortega and HACU President and CEO Antonio R. Flores. 

The Power Lunch honorees included the following:

The Outstanding HACU-Member Institution was presented to the Alamo Colleges District, in recognition of excellence in support of HACU’s mission. District Chancellor Mike Flores, Ph.D., accepted the award on their behalf. 

The Outstanding HACU Private Sector Partner was presented to Southwest Airlines, for extraordinary support of HACU’s mission from a private partner. Christine Ortega, senior advisor of community outreach for Southwest Airlines, accepted the award on their behalf.

 Photo: HACU President and CEO Antonio R. Flores, Kimberly Powell and Convener HACU Governing Board Chair, Monte Perez, President of Los Angeles Mission College. 

The Partnership Lunch honorees included:

The Outstanding HACU Public Sector Partner was presented to the Library of Congress, for outstanding leadership and support of HACU’s mission from a federal partner. Kimberly Powell, chief of internship and fellowship programs for the Library of Congress accepted the award on their behalf.  

The Exemplary Policy/Advocacy Leadership Award was presented to José E. Serrano, United States House of Representatives, in recognition of exemplary leadership and support of HACU’s policy issues. A video acceptance message was sent by Rep. Serrano, who was unable to attend. 

Special thanks to all HACU Sponsor and Partners for all their support. 

HACU's 34th Annual Conference will be held on Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2020, at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.