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September 30, 2010
Tessa Benavides

HACU enters partnership with NCAA

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) have entered a strategic partnership to work towards increasing the number of Hispanics involved in collegiate sports at all levels, as players, coaches and athletic administrators, and NCAA professional staff.

An advisory working group has been formed to aid in working towards the goal of the partnership. The following Presidents from HACU-member institutions are a part of the group:

  • Ricardo R. Fernandez, President, Lehman College
  • Mildred Garcia, President, California State University, Dominguez Hills
  • Milton A. Gordon, President, California State University, Fullerton
  • Kimberly Cline, President, Mercy College
  • Stephen M. Jordan, President, Metropolitan State College of Denver

Also part of the group are NCAA staff members, Bernard W. Franklin, Executive Vice President, Membership and Student-Athletic Affairs, and Kim Ford, Director, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, and HACU staff members, John Moder, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and Maria Elena Vivas-House, HACU National Internship Program Executive Director.  An additional representative from a Hispanic-Serving community college is in the process of being selected.

The partnership is an outgrowth of a June meeting of NCAA Division II Hispanic-Serving Institution presidents and chancellors, but has been broadened to include all NCAA Divisions.

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