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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)

To view the Fourth PreK-12 / Higher Education Collaboration Symposium program, click here.



8:00 a.m. 


8:00 - 8:20 a.m.

Continental Breakfast & Networking

8:20 - 8:30 a.m. Welcome Remarks
Jeanette Morales
Director for PK-12 Initiatives
8:30 - 8:45 a.m. Sponsor Remarks

8:45 - 10:00 a.m. PANEL 1
Building a Pathway to College Engagement

Yuderka Lewis
Program Director Latino Initiative
Utah Valley University

Kaylee Moreno 
Executive Director 
Center for Latin@ Studies 
Ferris State 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 / Break

10:15 - 11:30 a.m.

Building Pipelines from K-12 to College & Career

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

Ezequiel Peña, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President for Global & Strategic Initiatives
Our Lady of the Lake University

Diley Hernandez, Ph.D. 
Senior Research Scientist
Georgia Institute of Technology

Andrea Guzman-Oliver, Ed.D. 
Assistant Vice President, Student Outreach and Diversity
Florida Atlantic University 

11:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Group Discussion 

Noon - 1:15 p.m.

Networking Lunch 

Welcome & Introduction of Keynote Speaker
Antonio Flores, Ph.D.
President & CEO
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities

Keynote Speaker:
Modesto Maidique, Ph.D.
Chapmanville Leadership Development Program
President Emeritus, Florida International University

1:30 - 2:10 p.m.

Update on HACU's Recommendations for the Higher Education Act

HACU Recommendations
Luis Maldonado
Chief Advocacy Officer

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

2:10 - 2:30 p.m.

An Example of Collaboration between Community Partners

Nora Morales
Diversity Office
Prince George's County Public School

Pearl Harmon, Ed.D.
Director of Human Resources
Prince George's County Public School

Kathy Richard Andrews, Ph.D.
Prince George's County Public Schools

Tomas Rivera-Figueroa
Executive Coordinator for Diversity Recruitment
Prince George's County Public School

2:30 - 2:45 p.m.

Group Discussions

2:45 - 3:15 p.m.

Symposium Discussion Summaries: Successes and Challenges

3:15 - 3:30 p.m.

Evaluations & Closing Remarks


Onsite registration will be available.

For additional information, contact:

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