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Member Advisory--October 25, 2007

HACU Meets with Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) to Discuss HSI Collaborative Agenda

Washington, DC – On Wednesday October 24, Antonio R. Flores, President and CEO of HACU, met with the Chair and members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to discuss an agenda to move Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) forward in providing the best higher education possible for Hispanic and other students attending Hispanic-Serving Institutions.  Representing more than 260 HSIs, Dr. Flores recognized Congressman Baca, Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, for his leadership and commitment to major issues affecting the education, career development, and health and immigration status of the nation’s Hispanic community.

HACU presented five issues that it will pursue during the remainder of the 110th Congress:

  • Title V: undergraduate and graduate education at HSIs and other key HEA titles
  • Farm Bill support for HSIs
  • Minority health disparities legislation
  • STEM training for the nation’s future workforce
  • The DREAM Act

On behalf of HACU member institutions, Dr. Flores expressed his gratitude to the members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus for including HSIs in various legislative proposals. 

At the meeting, Dr. Flores recognized Congressman Rubén Hinojosa for his tenacity in making Hispanic higher education a national priority and for pushing for greater federal funding for HSIs each legislative session of Congress. 

Dr. Flores also thanked Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard for her exemplary advocacy on the House Appropriations Committee on behalf of HSIs and Congressman Baca for his support in assuring the inclusion of major new HSI provisions in the 2007 Farm Bill reauthorization.

Representatives Lucille Roybal-Allard and Grace Napolitano expressed appreciation for HACU’s efforts in higher education and encouraged HACU to continue working closely with the CHC to achieve a better education and a better life for the nation’s youth, especially in the Hispanic community.

Dr. Flores underscored the importance of this collaboration, “As Hispanic-Serving Institutions continue to grow across our nation, the HACU governing board looks forward to working closely with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to ensure Hispanic success in higher education.” 

For additional information, contact Rosa M. Garcia, Executive Director of Legislative Affairs, in HACU’s Washington, DC, office, at (202) 261-2090 or rgarcia@hacu.net.

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