December 4, 2020

Free HACU-member webinars and speaker series event

La Universidad como Agente Regresivo Social: Virtudes y Vicios

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities’ President and CEO Antonio R. Flores will speak at a virtual event titled “La Universidad como Agente Regresivo Social: Virtudes y Vicios,” as part of the Solidaricracia Talk to Create speaker series being held on Dec. 8, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. CST via Zoom.

The presentation, being held in Spanish, will be moderated by Francisco Santa María, founder of Solidaricracia. The topic of discussion will focus on the importance that higher education has on social advancement and solidarity.

The Solidaricracia Talk to Create speaker series aims to create dialogue that focuses on solidarity as an essential value to shape and redesign the current model of democracy emphasizing the well-being of society and the environment instead of personal interests.

To join the event live, log in to Zoom with the meeting ID 978 835 7498. For more information on Solidaricracia Lecture Series click here.

The Future of Study Abroad in Times of COVID -19: A Time for Reinvention

Infinite Spur will hold a free webinar for HACU-members on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. CST. The webinar will provide information regarding the virtual study abroad program that Infinite Spur is developing with its partners in the U.S. and focus on the program developed with the Universidad Pontificia Católica de Puerto Rico in Spain. Register here.

Participants of the webinar will:

  • Learn to redefine and explore new meanings for international experience, international immersion, and internationalization.
  • Break down the mental models on study abroad, international study, virtual classroom, and virtual space and start thinking outside the box.
  • Learn the power and advantage of running international single points of contacts.
  • Discover new digital tools and methodologies that can be implemented in international virtual study abroad experiences.
  • Integrate students from different countries through the implementation of collaborative virtual projects.
  • Engage students in working in virtual collaborative projects following the Design Thinking Method.
  • Find affordable and engaging international opportunities for all students. 

Speakers include:

Marta Walliser, Ph.D., executive director, Infinite Spur
Juan Camilo Acevedo, student coordinator, Infinite Spur
Joel Velez, executive director, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Puerto Rico
Pablo Prieto, Ph.D. assistant dean, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain                
Luisa Walliser, graphic design coordinator, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain            


Navigating Non-Cognitive Student Skills: Academic Outcomes at HSIs

The Educational Testing Service, Texas State University, Valencia College and HACU will hold a free webinar for HACU-members on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020, from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. CST. The webinar will focus on the multifaceted set of challenges Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs) face in determining how to maintain their effectiveness in building student competencies and encouraging their academic success.

Presenters will discuss findings of a recent joint study that reports on efforts at two HSIs, Texas State University and Valencia College, to make meaningful use of noncognitive assessment data in combination with student background characteristics and academic outcomes. Register here.

Speakers include:

  • Samuel Rikoon, research scientist, Educational Testing Service
  • Amaris del Carmen Vasquez, Ph.D., manager of community outreach, Valencia College, Ponciana College
  • April Barnes, director of student success initiatives, Texas State University

HACU Member Advisories are a service of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)