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All presentations must be submitted and presented in English.

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The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) will host its 10th International Conference, February 27 – March 1, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas.  HACU’s International Conference features sessions about the latest trends, model programs, research, and cutting-edge projects related to international education.

Don’t miss this opportunity to:

  • Discuss key topics related to international higher education and the global community.
  • Network, exchange ideas and information, and establish new partnerships for international collaboration among institutions of higher education.
  • Hear about model programs, unique partnerships and funding opportunities that promote the internationalization of university campuses.

The conference will attract an internationally renowned roster of keynote speakers and an extraordinary gathering of participants representing higher education, government, business, community and philanthropic sectors from around the world.  Deadline for proposal submissions is November 16, 2012. You are invited to submit speaker proposals that address the conference theme, Creating Global-minded Environments on our Campuses, in any of the following five conference tracks:

TRACK I - International Education Policy

  • Self-evaluation and International Accreditation
  • Equity and Justice in Global Education
  • Government Policies and Programs that Promote International Education
  • Public Finance of International Initiatives
  • International Education Outcomes
  • Grants Policy and Administration

TRACK II - International Mobility

  • Student Exchange Programs and Initiatives
  • Faculty and Professional Development Exchange Programs and Initiatives
  • International Internships
  • Study Abroad Opportunities

TRACK III – Innovation in International Education

  • Joint and Dual Degrees
  • Distance and Online Education Programs
  • Alternative Education Programs
  • Branch Campuses Abroad
  • Unique Multilateral Partnerships
  • Universities and Social Entrepreneurship
  • International Education as a Catalyst for Global Peace

TRACK IV – Best Practices in International Education

  • Financing International Programs
  • Improving Education Quality
  • International Education and Community Involvement
  • Effective Learning Environments for Bilingual Learners
  • Universities Promoting Literacy around the World
  • Education and Culture

TRACK V – Workforce Development

  • Job Globalization
  • Universities and Economic Development
  • Training Students and Faculty to be Global Leaders & Citizens
  • Innovative Workforce Development Partnerships
  • Work Abroad Programs Transnational Labor Demand
  • Aligning Educational and Workforce Needs

Conference Format

HACU’s International Conference will feature plenary sessions with keynote speakers, and conference track sessions featuring individual presenters, panel discussions, and informative and interactive sessions.

Presentations are 90 minutes in length, including time for questions and discussion. A panel or roundtable session is composed of up to three presentations on different aspects of a specific topic.  A workshop is an interactive session composed of one to three presentations aimed at developing a particular skill or knowledge in a specific area.  No more than four individuals may serve on a panel or workshop session.  In some instances, the HACU review committee may suggest combining presentations similar in content into one workshop or panel.
All conference rooms will be set up to accommodate the maximum number of conference participants possible. LCD projectors, laptops and screens are available to presenters at no cost. Additional equipment, such as internet connectivity and TVs, can be available at an additional cost to presenters.

Submission Guidelines

•    All proposals should relate to the conference theme, Creating Global-minded
     Environments on our Campuses
•    A Call for Presentations Online Submission Form must be submitted via
     HACU’s website at
•    Submissions must include the following:
      -   Presentation Title (10 word limit)
      -   Presentation Abstract (50-75 word limit) – A brief description to be
           included in the conference program.
      -   Presentation Plan (50 word limit) – A brief description to be included
          in the conference program that provides an overview of expected
          audience involvement. Interactive presentations are highly encouraged.
      -   Presentation Summary (250-300 word limit) – Extended description
          of proposal for committee review. Proposals will be reviewed for
          relevance to the conference theme, thoroughness and clarity,
          and expected learning outcomes.
•    More than one proposal may be submitted, but only one will be accepted
     per presenter.  Proposals can be submitted by one person or a group of
     no more than four people.  The first presenter listed on the submission form
     will be considered the lead contact and is required to provide all contact
     information for co-presenters to HACU.HACU will notify the lead contact
     person if the proposal was selected.  It is the responsibility of the lead
     contact person to notify the other presenters, and for organizing and
     facilitating the presentation. 
•    All presenters are required to register for the conference, but will
     be able to register at a discounted conference registration rate.
     HACU does not pay presenters honoraria, expenses, or waive the
     conference registration fee. 
•    HACU reserves the right to edit summaries of accepted presentations
      for inclusion in the conference program.

    Presentation proposals must be submitted online and
    will be accepted until November 16, 2012.

    Notification of HACU workshop committee decisions
    will be made by December 14, 2012

    About HACU

    The Hispanic Association of colleges and Universities (HACU), founded in 1986, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) association representing more than 400 colleges and universities in the United States, Puerto Rico, Latin America, Portugal and Spain.  HACU, the only formally recognized voice for Hispanic-Serving institutions in the United States, is also a leading international voice for Hispanic higher education communities worldwide.  HACU’s reach extends from pre-collegiate to postgraduate outreach, research, programs, scholarships, internships, workforce development, public policy advocacy and formal partnerships with philanthropic, corporate and governmental sectors.

    For more information about HACU, updates about our 10th International Conference or to submit a workshop proposal, please visit

    If you have question or need additional information regarding the Call for Presentations process, please contact Lourdes Bird, Administrative Assistant for the International Department, at (210) 576-3228 or by e-mail at