February 24, 2023

HACU, Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) meet with U.S. Department of Transportation

SAN ANTONIO – The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities met with Deputy Assistant Secretary Charles Small for Intergovernmental Affairs of the U.S. Department of Transportation. The meeting brought together higher education leaders and officials from the U.S. Department of Transportation to discuss Department priorities as they relate to Hispanic-Serving Institutions.

Deputy Assistant Secretary Charles Small for Intergovernmental Affairs serves as the primary liaison for state, county and local elected officials leading outreach and engagement strategy with non-federal stakeholders.

DOT is in the process of implementing the Justice40 Initiative created by Executive Order 14008, Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad. Justice40 is an all of government approach that sets a goal of 40% of the benefits of certain federal investments flowing to disadvantaged communities. It is one of many initiatives US DOT is implementing to advance equity.

Through Justice40, DOT will work to increase affordable transportation options that connect
Americans to good-paying jobs, fight climate change, and improve access to resources and
quality of life in communities in every state and territory in the country.

HACU President and CEO Antonio R. Flores, senior leadership, government relations staff, and chair of HACU’s Corporate and Philanthropic Council, Luke Visconti, were among those participating along with presidents and chancellors from Hispanic-Serving Institutions and one *Emerging HSI.


  • California State University, Monterey Bay, Vanya Quiñones, Ph.D., President
  • Chabot-Las Positas Community College District, Ronald P. Gerhard, Chancellor
  • Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Greg Peterson, Ed.D., President
  • Harold Washington College, Daniel López, Jr., Ph.D., President
  • Houston Community College, Cesar Maldonado, Ph.D., Chancellor
  • Hudson County Community College, Christopher M. Reber, Ph.D. President
  • Kean University, Lamont Repollet, Ed.D. President
  • New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Stephen G. Wells, Ph.D., President
  • Phoenix College, Kimberly Britt, Ph.D., President
  • Pima Community College, Lee D. Lambert, J.D. Chancellor
  • Saint Peter's University, Eugene J. Cornacchia, Ph.D., President
  • San Diego State University, Adela de la Torre, Ph.D., President
  • St. Augustine College, Reyes González, Ph.D., President
  • * University at Albany, SUNY, Havidán Rodríguez, Ph.D., President
  • University of California, Irvine, Howard Gillman, Ph.D., Chancellor
  • University of California, Merced, Juan Sánchez Muñoz, Ph.D., Chancellor