HACU's PreK-12/Higher Education Collaboration Symposium

Thursday, October 21, 2021

HACU's Seventh PreK-12/Higher Education Collaboration Symposium will include discussions on successful models of collaboration leading to systemic change emphasizing on matriculation, retention and graduation of minority students.

Sessions will involve discussion panels among participants about opportunities for collaborations. The Symposium will benefit higher education leaders, PreK-12 administrators, educators 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:

  • To showcase and share effective collaborative programs between school districts and institutions of higher education as they impact matriculation, retention and graduation.
  • To provide resources and networks for administrators of Hispanic-Serving School Districts, Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) and emerging HSIs to further develop PK-higher education collaborations, programs and policies that foster student access and success.
Time Zone: CDT

October 21, 2021

(subject to change)

10:30 – 10:35 a.m.

Opening Remarks

Ruby Riley
PK-12 Initiatives Manager

 10:35 – 10:40 a.m.

Welcome Remarks

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

10:40 – 10:45 a.m.
Sponsor Remarks

Evelyn DeJesus
Executive Vice President, AFL CIO
American Federation of Teachers

10:50 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

College and Career Access Amid the Pandemic

Raul Cardenas, Jr., Ph.D.
President and CEO
JK Mullins High School, CO

Anna Lisa Vargas
Director of Seguin Early College High School
Seguin Independent School District, TX

Catalina Cifuentes
Executive Director of College and Career Readiness
Riverside County Office of Education, CA

Alejandra Campos
Director of Multicultural Recruitment/Senior Assistant Director of Admissions
The University of Chicago, IL

12:00 – 12:05 p.m.


12:05 – 1:15 p.m.

The Future of the Teaching Profession

Stephanie Vasquez
Chief Program Officer of AlamoPROMISE
Alamo Colleges District, TX

Margarita Bianco, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
School of Education and Human Development
University of Colorado Denver, CO

Belinda Flores, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Professional Preparation & Programs
The University of Texas at San Antonio ,TX

Mary Cathryn Ricker
Executive Director
Albert Shanker Institute, DC

1:15 – 1:30 a.m. Break

1:30 – 2:40 p.m. 

Schools Reopening and English Language Learners (ELLs)

Olga Hugelmeyer
Elizabeth Public Schools, NJ

Betsy Sotomayor
ESOL District Specialist
Volusia County School District, FL

Glenda Macal
President, Fort Bend Federation of Teachers
Fort Bend Independent School District, TX

Kati Bassler
Salinas Valley Federation of Teachers, CA

2:40 – 3:00 p.m. 

Closing Remarks

Jeanette Morales
Executive Director for Student & PK-12 Services

Click here to view the Event Flyer. 

Click here to register.

For additional information, please contact:

Ruby Riley
PK-12 Initiatives Manager
Phone: 210-576-3227
Email: ruby.riley@hacu.net