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Conferences / Deans Forum 

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) invites college and university deans and senior administrators  to participate in the Eighth Annual Deans’ Forum on Hispanic Higher Education: "How Institutions are Increasing Equity and Driving Economic and Social Mobility". The purpose of this special forum is to provide an opportunity for networking and discussion on issues and opportunities for the academic success of Hispanic students in higher education.

In 2015, over 59 million Hispanics resided in the U.S., plus an additional 3.3 million in Puerto Rico. This represents approximately 18.2% of the overall U.S. population. However, only 17.2% of Hispanic adults have a baccalaureate degree or higher, compared to 38.1% for non-Hispanic whites.

Please see below a tentative agenda for the Eighth Annual Deans' Forum, a post-conference event of the 33rd Annual Conference. Additional details about the 2019 Forum will be published here as they become available.


8:00 – 8:45 a.m.

Continental Breakfast and Registration

8:30 – 8:40 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions
David A. Ortiz, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

8:40 – 8:45 a.m.

Sponsor Remarks
American Federation of Teachers (AFT)

8:45 – 9:10 a.m.

Keynote Presentation
Lorelle Espinosa, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research
American Council on Education (ACE)

 9:10  9:30 a.m.

Q & A

 9:30 10:00 a.m.

Laura Moore
Deputy Policy Director
Opportunity Insights

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Panel Presentation


Jennifer Capps, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Professional Studies
Metropolitan State University  Denver

Alma Rodriguez, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Education and P16 Initiatives
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Michael Preston, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities

Laura Moore
Deputy Policy Director
Opportunity Insights

11:00 – 11:10 a.m.


11:10 – 11:50 a.m.

Table Discussions and Q & A

11:50 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.

Closing Presentation
Scott E. Evenbeck, Ph.D.
Stella and Charles Guttman Community College, CUNY

12:10 – 12:30 p.m.

Q & A

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch and Closing Remarks
David A. Ortiz, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Please click here to view the Event Flyer.

Click here to Register.

For information about the Deans' Forum, please contact:
Richard Montez
Director of Member Services
Phone: (210) 576-3246