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All events will take place at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center unless otherwise noted.  

(Agenda is subject to change)


Session / Speakers 

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

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

Pre-conference Session I
Title V Grants and Funding

Irma Lawrence, Ed.D., National Program Leader, Hispanic Serving Institutions Education Grants Program, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture

10:00 - 10:15 a.m.
10:15 - 11:45 a.m.

Pre-conference Session II
Funding Opportunities for HSIs Workshop

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

Noon - 1:30 p.m.

Opening Plenary Luncheon
Collaboration Between PK-12 and Higher Education: The Evolution of Title V, Part C

Tomas Morales, Ph.D., President, California State University San Bernardino

- Ted Alejandre, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools

- Patricia Alvarez McHatton, Ph.D., Executive Vice President Academic Affairs, Student Success and P-16 Integration, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

- Phillip Lovell, Vice President, Policy Development and Government Relations Alliance for Excellent Education

1:30 - 1:45 p.m.


1:45 - 3:00 p.m.

Early Afternoon Session
Update on the HEA Reauthorization and its Impact on Hispanic-Serving Institutions


- Mary Nguyen Barry, Policy Advisor, Ranking Member Patty Murray, U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions

3:00 - 3:15 p.m.

Coffee Break 

3:15 - 4:30 p.m.

Late Afternoon Session
Hispanic-Serving Institutions: Vital to Increasing Latinos in STEM Fields

- Beatriz T. Espinoza, Ph.D., President, Coastal Bend College

- Elba Serrano, Ph.D., Regents Professor, NSF/HSI-STEM Hub Grantee, New Mexico State University

-Stacey Slijepcevic, Ph.D., Education Program Specialist, Office of Postsecondary Education Student Service - HSI Program, U.S. Department of Education

- Wendy M. Stack, Ph.D., Associate Vice President, Access Innovation and Research, Northeastern Illinois University, Title III, Part F Grantee

4:30 - 5:00 p.m.

State Delegation Information Session (post session for students)

- Luis Maldonado, Chief Advocacy Officer, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Student Advocacy 101

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


7:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Registration/Information/Cyber Cafe 

7:00 - 8:30 a.m.

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

Buses leave hotel to the Capitol Hill  (One-way transportation only) 

All Sessions to be held at Capitol Visitors Center on Capitol Hill

9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

Hispanic Demographics in the 116th Congress and 2020 Census

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 - 5:15 p.m.

Post-Capitol Hill Debriefing Session

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

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


Click here to view a list of participating Institutions.