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Conferences / Deans Forum 

Thursday, Oct 29, 2020

9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (Pacific Time)

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) invites college and university deans and senior administrators  to participate in the virtual Ninth Annual Deans’ Forum on Hispanic Higher Education, "From Hispanic Serving to Hispanic Thriving: A Blueprint for Success". This dynamic forum provides an opportunity for participants to build relationships and share ideas that can have a lasting impact on Hispanic higher education and your campuses.

In 2018, over 59 million Hispanics resided in the U.S., plus an additional 3.3 million in Puerto Rico. This represents approximately 18.1% 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.

The Deans' Forum focuses on bringing diverse perspectives from renowned speakers who have hands on experience in implementing innovative and creative practices in educating Hispanic and other underrepresented minorities. Participants will not only have an opportunity to engage in dialogue with our panel of experts but will also be able to network and learn from each other.

Below please find a tentative agenda for the virtual Ninth Annual Deans' Forum, a post-conference event of the virtual 34th Annual Conference. Additional details about the 2020 deans' Forum will be published here as they become available.

(Subject to change)

9:00 – 9:25 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions
Antonio R. Flores, Ph.D.
President and CEO

David Ortiz. Ph.D.

Senior Vice President for Operations

9:25 – 9:30 a.m.

Sponsor Remarks
Lieutenant Colonel Blanca Reyes
United States Army

9:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Keynote Presentation

Gina Ann Garcia, Ph.D.
Associate Professor 
University of Pittsburgh

 10:00  10:30 a.m.

Q & A

 10:30  10:45 a.m.


 10:45 – 11:45 a.m..

Institutional Presentations

Marla Franco, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice Provost, HSI Initiatives
The University of Arizona

Ms. Jennielle Strother
Vice President, Enrollment Management/Chief Enrollment Officer
Concordia University Texas

Romero Jalomo, Ph.D.
Vice President of Student Affairs
Hartnell College

11:45 a.m.  12: p.m.

Moderator Response and Group Discussion 

12:30 – 1:00 p.m.

Next Steps 

1:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks
David Ortiz, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President for Operations

Click here to view the  Event Flyer.  To register click here.

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


Keynote Presentation

Gina Ann Garcia, Ph.D.
Associate Professor 
University of Pittsburgh