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

Agenda subject to change.

April 9

Session / Speakers 

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Registration/Information/Cyber Cafe
8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Pre-conference Session I
U.S. Department of Agriculture & Department of Education Funding Session

- Irma Lawrence, EdD - National Program Leader, HSIs 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

- Daniel J. Villao - Deputy Administrator, Office of Apprenticeship, U.S. Department of Labor
-Jennifer Zimdahl Galt - Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State 

- Mark Farmer - Director, Higher Education & Public Policy, NAFSA: Association of International Educators - Funding Opportunities for Global Learning and Campus Internationalization

Noon - 1:30 p.m.

Opening Plenary Luncheon
Achieving Real-World Learning and Career Readiness: Policy and Collaboration

Félix V. Matos Rodriguez, PhD - Chair, HACU Governing Board, President, Queens College CUNY

- Kathleen Smith - Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of Postsecondary Education, US Department of Education
- Timothy P. White, PhD - Chancellor, The California State University  (CSU) System
- Dane Linn - Vice President, Business Roundtable

1:30 - 1:45 p.m.


1:45 - 3:00 p.m.

Early Afternoon Session
STEM Policy, HSIs and 115th Congress

Margaret Venable, PhD - Board Member, HACU Governing Board, President, Dalton State College

- Joan Ferrini-Mundy, PhD, Chief Operating Officer, National Science Foundation
- Lorelle Espinoza, PhD - Co-Chair, Study Committee on Minority-Serving Institutions National Academy of Science, Assistant Vice President, Center for Policy Research and Strategy, American Council on Education
John Moder, PhD - Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, HACU
-Debbie Hughes - Vice President, Higher Education and Workforce Business-Higher Education Forum

3:00 - 3:15 p.m.

Coffee Break 

3:15 - 4:30 p.m.

Late Afternoon Session
Immigration Reform - Past, Present and Future Implications

Michael D. Amiridis, PhD - Board Member, HACU Governing Board, Chancellor, University of Illinois at Chicago

- Alida Garcia, Vice President and Head of Policy & Coalitions,
- Corey Williams, Federal Lobbyist, National Education Association

4:30 - 5:00 p.m.

State Delegation Information Session

- Luis Maldonado - Chief Advocacy Officer, HACU

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Student Advocacy 101

- Maria Alvarez - Executive Director, HACU Western Regional Office

April 10

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) 

9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

Congressional HSI Caucus
Overview of Caucus and Policy Priorities

Capitol Visitors Center
Room HVC 201
First Street NE
Washington, D.C. 20515 

10:45 - 11:00 a.m.

11:00 - 11:30 a.m.

HEA Reauthorization

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

Capitol Hill Visits
(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

Rayburn House Office Building
Room 2044

**To see a list of institutions that will be represented at the Capitol Forum, please click here**