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All events will take place at the Washington Court Hotel unless otherwise noted.  

(Agenda is subject to change)

Tuesday, April 21

Session / Speakers 

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Registration/Information/Cyber Cafe
8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Pre-conference Session I: Funding Opportunities for HSIs


- Beatriz Ceja-William, Director, Hispanic-Serving Institutions Division, Office of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education

10:00 - 10:15 a.m.

10:15 - 11:45 a.m.

Pre-conference Session II: Funding Opportunities for HSIs


- Erika Camacho, Ph.D.,
Program Director, Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI Programs), National Science Foundation

Noon - 1:30 p.m.

Opening Plenary Luncheon
Update in the HEA Reauthorization and its Impact on Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs)

1:30 - 1:45 p.m.


1:45 - 3:00 p.m.

Early Afternoon Session
Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs): Shaping the Economy and the Workforce



- Laura Moore,
Deputy Policy Director, Opportunity Insights

- Nichole Smith, Ph.D.,
Chief Economist, Center on Education and the Workforce, Georgetown University

3:00 - 3:15 p.m.

Coffee Break 

3:15 - 4:30 p.m.

Late Afternoon Session
2020 Congressional Elections and Changing Demographics



- Andrew Kreighbaum,
Federal Policy Reporter, Inside Higher Ed

4:30 - 5:00 p.m.

State Delegation Information Session

- Alicia Diaz, Interim Chief Advocacy Officer, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities

5:15 - 6:15 p.m.

Student Advocacy 101

- Erica Romero,
Assistant Vice President for State Advocacy, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities

Wednesday, April 22

8:00 - noon

Registration/Information/Cyber Cafe 

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast (at hotel)
8:30 a.m.

Walk from Washington Court Hotel to Capitol Visitors Center (CVC) 

9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

Congressional HSI Caucus Co-Chairs Update

10:45 - 11:00 a.m.


11:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Final Questions and Answers Session

11:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Capitol Hill Visits, scheduled by HACU's Government Relations Office

(Varied locations according to state delegation schedule provided) 

4:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Post-Capitol Hill Debriefing Session

Rayburn Office Building
Gold Room
Room 2168

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Capitol Hill Reception
Honoring the Champions of Hispanic Higher Education in Congress

Rayburn Office Building
Gold Room
Room 2168


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