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Seventh Annual Deans’ Forum on Hispanic Higher Education

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

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 Seventh Annual Deans’ Forum on Hispanic Higher Education. 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 Seventh Annual Deans' Forum, a post-conference event of the 32nd Annual Conference. Additional details about the 2018 Forum will be published here as they become available. 


8:00 – 8:45 a.m.

Continental Breakfast and Registration

8:25 – 8:35 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions

John Moder, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

8:35 – 8:45 a.m.

Sponsor Remarks

8:45 – 9:15 a.m.

Keynote Presentation

Frank Sánchez, Ph.D.
Rhode Island College

9:15 – 10:15 a.m.

Panel: "Building Relationships - Recruiting Hispanic Students"


Katia Paz Goldfarb, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President for Hispanic Serving Initiatives
Montclair State University

Amanda M. Quintero, Ph.D.
Executive Director of Student Academic Success and Equity Initiatives
California State University, Channel Islands

Adolfo Santos, Ph.D.
Assistant Provost, Higher Education Center
Texas A&M University

10:15 – 10:45 a.m.

Table Discussions and Question & Answer Session

What strategies do institutions find effective in recruiting Hispanic students? How can institutions partner with school districts, outside agencies and nonprofits to identify and recruit more Hispanic students? What kind of outreach events can institutions coordinate to engage Hispanic families?

10:45 – 10:55 a.m.


10:55 – 11:55 a.m.

Panel: "Beyond Academic Intelligence: Non-cognitive Skills and Student Success in a Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs)"


Amaris del Carmen Guzman, Ph.D.
Manager of Community Outreach
Valencia College

Ross Markle, Ph.D.
Senior Assessment Strategist, Higher Education Division Educational Testing Service (ETS) 

Michael E. Nava, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Student Services
University College
Texas State University

Mary Ann Villarreal, Ph.D.
Associate Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives
California State University, Fullerton

11:55 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.

Table Discussions and Question & Answer Session

What strategies/programs do institutions find effective in retaining Hispanic Students?

12:25 – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch and Closing Remarks

Dr. John Moder, HACU

Click here to register.

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