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HACU's PreK-12/Higher Education Collaboration Symposium

HACU's Fourth 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.

(subject to change)



8:00 - 8:20 a.m. Continental Breakfast & Networking
8:20 - 8:30 a.m. Welcome Remarks
Jeanette Morales, HACU Director for PK-12 Initiatives
8:30 - 8:45 a.m. Opening Remarks
8:45 - 10:00 a.m. Building a Pathway to College Engagement

Yuderka Lewis, Program Director, Latino Initiative, Utah Valley University

- Erick Ramirez, Cultivamos Excelencia HSI Counselor, University of California, Santa Cruz
- Melissa Jimenez, Recruitment Coordinator, Johnson County Community College

10:00 - 10:15 a.m. Group Discussion

10:15 - 11:30 a.m.

Building Pipelines from K-12 to College & Career

Dr. Marcheta Evans, Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs, Our Lady of the Lake University

- Dr. Ezequiel Peña, Assistant Vice President for global & Strategic Initiatives, Our Lady of the Lake University
- Dr. Diley Hernandez, Senior Research Scientist, Georgia Institute of Technology
- Dr. Andrea Guzman-Oliver, Assistant Vice President, Student Outreach and Diversity, Florida Atlantic University 

11:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Group Discussion 

Noon - 1:15 p.m.

Luncheon/Networking with Latino Leadership Institute

Welcome & Introduction of Keynote Speaker
Dr. Antonio Flores, HACU President & CEO

Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Modesto Maidique, President Emeritus, Florida International University

1:30 - 2:10 p.m.

Update on HACU's Recommendations for the Higher Education Act

Recommendations by HACU
Luis Maldonado, Chief Advocacy Officer, HACU

Implications for HSIs and HSSDS
Alicia Diaz, Executive Director of Legislative Affairs, HACU

2:10 - 2:30 p.m. An example of Collaborations between Community Partners
2:30 - 2:45 p.m. Group Discussions
2:45 - 3:15 p.m. Symposium Discussion Summaries: Successes and Challenges
3:30 - 3:30 p.m. Evaluations & Closing Remarks


Click here to register.

For additional information, contact:

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