The 12th Annual Deans’ Forum: " Leading a Diverse and Inclusive Workforce in the 21st Century " is an outstanding, half-day experience for faculty and staff who are currently serving in the role as a dean or aspire to serve in this role at some point in their career. 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 engage in dialogue with a panel of experts and network and learn from each other.  

Below please find the agenda for the 12th Annual Deans' Forum, a post-conference event of the 37th Annual Conference. 

October 31, 2023

(Subject to Change)

7:00 – 8:00 a.m.

Onsite Registration / Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 8:05 a.m.

Event Kickoff / Introductions

Paul Machen, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Institute for Professional Leadership

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)

8:05 – 8:15 a.m.

Welcome Remarks

Dr. Antonio Flores, HACU President/CEO, or designee

8:15– 9:00 a.m.

Keynote Presentation--Infusing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion into the University’s DNA  

Salama Ghanem, Ph.D.

Provost, DePaul University


9:00 – 9:10 a.m.


9:10 – 10:00 a.m.

Presentation #2--Finding Memo y Doris: Recruiting and Hiring Faculty of Color

Ilder Betancourt Lopez, Ed.D.

Vice President, Learning and Student Success

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom


10:00 – 10:10 a.m.


10:10 – 10:20 a.m.

Sponsor Presentation


10:20 – 11:00 a.m.

Dean's Forum Reflection Activity

Dr. Paul Machen

Executive Director, Institute for Professional Leadership, HACU

11:00 – 11:10 a.m.


11:10 – 11:55 a.m.

Senior Administrator Panel (Former Deans)

Carlos E. Cruz, Ed.D.

Associate Vice Chancellor

Dallas College

Arlene Santos-George, Ph.D. 

Vice President of Academic Affairs and Workforce Development

McHenry County College


Nikos Varelas, Ph.D. 

Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs and Academic Programs &

Liberal Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Physics

University of Illinois Chicago


Sandra Vasquez, Ed.D 

Vice President for Student Affairs

Pitzer College

11:55 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Wrap -Up and Evaluations


To register for this post conference event, click here.

For questions or additional information, please contact:

Paul A. Machen II Ph.D.
Executive Director, Institute for Professional Leadership
Phone: (210) 576-3229


Keynote Presentation

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