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November 13, 2020

Chris de Hoyos

HACU’s 34th Annual Conference “Championing Hispanic Higher Education: Fostering Excellence and Social Justice,” held virtually

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities held its 34th Annual Conference “Championing Hispanic Higher Education: Fostering Excellence and Social Justice,” virtually on Oct. 26-28, 2020.

More than 1,500 attendees from across the nation participated, which included over 600 undergraduate students who took part in HACU’s ¡Adelante! Leadership Institute, the student track component of the conference.

More than 60 workshops were offered with topics of interest to Hispanic-Serving Institutions as part of the general conference, while undergraduate students attended workshops highlighting professional development and career & leadership skills.

During the conference, HACU also recognized seven honorees for their contributions. Inducted to the HACU Hall of Champions were Chancellor Joe Garcia, J.D., of the Colorado Community College System and Chancellor Timothy P. White, Ph.D., of California State University. The University of Arizona was recognized with the Outstanding HACU-Member Institution Award. The Honorable Will Hurd, United States House of Representatives received the Exemplary Policy/Advocacy Leadership Award.

HACU partner recognitions included: Ford Motor Company Fund for Outstanding HACU Philanthropic Partner; The National Science Foundation for Outstanding HACU Public Sector Partner; and Molson Coors for Outstanding HACU Private Sector Partner.

Pre- and post-conference events were also held to address crucial issues in an expanded virtual format. The 19th Annual Latino Higher Education Leadership Institute focused on the theme “Developing Leadership from a Place of Strength,” the Sixth PreK-12/Higher Education Collaboration Symposium showcased collaborative partnerships and initiatives implemented by colleges, universities and school districts; and the Ninth Annual Deans’ Forum on Hispanic Higher Education focused on the theme “From Hispanic-Serving to Hispanic-Thriving: A Blueprint for Success."

HACU’s 34th Annual Conference was made possible thanks to support from its Sponsors and Partners .

HACU's 35th Annual Conference will be held on October 30-November 1, 2021, at the Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center in Aurora, Colorado.