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HACU's PreK-12/Higher Education Collaboration Symposium

HACU's Third 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 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.




8:00 - 8:20 a.m.

Continental Breakfast & Networking (Aqua ABC, 3rd Level)

8:20 - 8:30 a.m.

Welcome Remarks
Jeanette Morales, HACU Director for PK-12 Initiatives

8:30 - 8:45 a.m.

Sponsor Remarks

8:45 - 10:00 a.m.

PANEL 1: “Creating Access to Higher Education through Engagement”

Moderator: Jesus Holguin, Governing Board Member - Moreno Valley Unified School District (CA)


  1. Partnering for the Future: Addressing Access, Opportunity and Belief Gaps”

    Sandra Martinez, Campus Director, New Student Center - Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus (FL)

  2. Raise One, Raise All: Student Change Agents in K12-University Partnerships”

    Deborah Romero, Ph.D., Faculty Director of Engagement, Community and Civic Engagement - University of Northern Colorado (CO)

  3. “The Family Empowerment Network of CSUSM’s Alliance”
    Erika Daniels, Ed.D., Faculty Director, The Alliance to Accelerate Excellence in Education - California State University, San Marcos (CA)

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.

Group Discussion

10:15 – 11:30 a.m.

PANEL 2: “Developing Equity in Education through Teacher Education”

Moderator: Janet Rico Uhrig, Executive Director, Human Resources - Tucson Unified School District (AZ)


  1. “Improving Inclusive Teacher Pipeline with a Focus on Hispanics” - Caroline Sotello Viernes Turner, Ph.D., Former Interim Dean & Professor - California State University, Sacramento (CA)

  2. “Leveraging Collaboration for Hispanic Teacher Success: Transforming the Clinical Teaching Experience”

    Patricia McHatton, Ph.D., Dean of College of Education and P16 Integration - The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (TX)

  3. “Partnerships for PreK-12 Success: Growing the Pool of Hispanic Teachers” Marquita Grenot-Scheyer, Ph.D., Assistant Vice Chancellor, Teacher Education and Public School Programs - California State University System (CA)

11:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Group Discussion 

Noon - 1:15 p.m.

Luncheon/Networking with Latino Leadership Institute (Sapphire A, 4th Level)

1:20 - 2:35 p.m.

PANEL 3: “Achieving Success"

Moderator: Monte Pérez, Ph.D., President - Los Angeles Mission College (CA)


  1. “Puerta al Futuro”

    Fernando Alonso, Esq., Director Puerta al Futuro - Fairleigh Dickinson University (NJ)

  2. “GED to College Transition Program”

    Helen Vera, Ph.D., Director-Services for Women and Non-Traditional Students - San Antonio College (TX)

  3. “Effective Institutional Partnerships: The Relationship Bridge and Transfer Student Success” 
    Miguel Hernandez, Director for Enrollment Management - Florida Atlantic University - Broward Campus (FL)

2:35 – 2:50 p.m.

Group Discussion

2:50 - 3:30 p.m.

Symposium Discussion Summaries: Successes and Challenges

3:30 - 3:45 p.m.

Evaluations & Closing Remarks

Click here to register.

For additional information, contact:

Jeanette Morales
Director, PK-12 Initiatives
Phone: 210-576-3220