HACU's PreK-12/Higher Education Collaboration Symposium

HACU's Ninth PreK-12/Higher Education Collaboration Symposium is a pre-conference event focusing on high impact collaborative practices implemented between colleges, universities, school districts and the community that have led to systemic change.

The Symposium benefits higher education leaders, PreK-12 educators/administrators and other community stakeholders to be able to promote and empower their communities to implement collaborative practices utilizing the resources and connections highlighted during the Symposium.

The objectives of this symposium are:

  • Identifying effective collaborative programs between school districts and institutions of higher education as they impact matriculation, retention and graduation.
  • Providing resources and connections, so that administrators of Hispanic-Serving School Districts, Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) can further develop PK-16 collaborations, programs and policies that foster student access and success.
  • Empowering higher education, leaders, PreK-12 educators/administrators and other community stakeholders to promote and form high impact collaborative practices utilizing the resources and connections made during the Symposium.

October 28, 2023

(subject to change)

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Check in / Continental Breakfast and Networking
8:30 – 8:35 a.m.

Opening Remarks

8:35 - 8:50 a.m. Sponsor Remarks
8:50 – 9:40 a.m.

PANEL 1: Growing the Hispanic Educator Workforce

Moderator: Montserrat Garibay, Deputy Assistant Secretary and Director, Office of English Acquisition, Department of Education

Panelists: Ligia Alberto, Ed.D., Assistant Professor of Education, Felician University
Joshua Villalobos, Dean of Instructional Programs, El Paso Community College - Mission del Paso Campus

9:40 – 10:40 a.m.

PANEL 2: Creating a College-Bound Culture and Supporting Transitions to College

Panelists: Asa Gordon, Director of College and Career Readiness, East Aurora School District 131
Yudi Lewis, Executive Director of HSI Initiatives, Weber State University
Nasha Torrez, J.D., Dean of Students, University of New Mexico

10:40 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

PANEL 3: Building Academic Alliances and Collaborative Partnerships

Moderator: Patricia Trujillo, Ph.D., Deputy Cabinet Secretary of New Mexico, Higher Education Department

Panelists: Cristina Alfaro, Ph.D., Associate Vice President of International Affairs, Professor of Multilingual and Global Education, San Diego State University
Lisa Dallacqua, Ph.D., Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment and Grants, East Aurora School District 131
Mónica Ramos, Ed.D., Associate Director and Adjunct Professor, DePaul University

11:45 – 1:20 p.m. Joint Leadership Programs Luncheon

1:20 - 1:50 p.m. Advancing Educational Equity and Excellence for Hispanics
Melody Gonzales, Executive Director of the White House Initiatives

 1:50 - 2:00 p.m.

Break/Introduction of fireside chat

2:00 – 2:45 p.m. 

Fireside Chat: The state of Hispanics in Education
Antonio Flores, Ph.D., President and CEO, HACU
Ted Alejandre, County Superintendent of Schools, San Bernardino City Unified School District
Havidán Rodríguez, Ph.D., President of the University at Albany, SUNY

2:45 - 3:15 p.m. Collective Debrief and Calls to Action
Moderator: Evelyn DeJesus, Executive Vice President of AFT- The American Federation of Teachers
3:15 - 3:30 p.m.

Final Reflections and Closing Remarks

To register, click here. Download a flyer here.

For additional information, please contact:

Melissa P. Flowers
Assistant Director of PK-12 Initiatives
Phone: 210-576-3210
Email: melissa.flowers@hacu.net