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June 17, 2010
Tessa Benavides

HACU and 24 other organizations form 'Act on the DREAM Coalition'

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) led efforts to bring together 25 national organizations to form the 'Act on the DREAM Coalition.' On June 16, 2010, at a DREAM Act Summit, held at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, the Coalition announced its formation and a call-to-action for the passage of the DREAM Act before Congress' August recess this year.

HACU President and CEO Antonio R. Flores delivered the opening address at the Summit. Other speakers included: Gwendolyn Jordan Dungy, executive director, NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education; George R. Boggs, president and CEO, American Association of Community Colleges; and Gaby Pacheco, student, DREAM Walker.

The Coalition announced the launch of a summer campaign to send letters to members of Congress. The letters will urge cosponsorship and support of the DREAM Act to provide a pathway to legal residency to remove barriers to higher education for thousands of students who are not legal residents of this country through no fault of their own. The Coalition is encouraging individuals to send letters from their website at www.actonthedream.org

Photo caption: Act on the DREAM Coalition member representatives and DREAM Act Summit speakers

Click here to see more photos from the DREAM Act Summit

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