FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 23, 2020
HACU statement on President-elect Biden’s nomination of Miguel Cardona for Education Secretary
San Antonio, Texas – The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) has released the following statement on the nomination by President-elect Joe Biden of Miguel Cardona, Ed.D., for Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education (ED).
As Connecticut’s first Latino commissioner of education, Miguel Cardona brings substantial knowledge of minority communities to this national leadership position. He has personally experienced poverty and was an English-language learner, adding to his understanding of the struggles of first-generation ELL students. He has spent two decades as a public-school educator and has extensive experience in the public education system as a classroom teacher, school principal, and senior school district administrator; in 2012, he was recognized Connecticut’s National Distinguished Principal. Under his leadership, Connecticut became the first state to require high schools to offer courses on Latino and Black studies.
“The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities commends President-elect Biden in his selection of Miguel Cardona as his nominee for U.S. Secretary of Education,” said HACU President and CEO Antonio R. Flores. “Dr. Cardona is a strong advocate of underrepresented students and from a state with six Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), we are confident he will be a champion for HSIs and the students and communities they serve.”
“HACU pledges its support to ensure his confirmation by the U.S. Senate when he is formally nominated,” added Flores.