Es el Momento Education Fair
Each year, the California State University system and several CSU campuses partner with KMEX, Univision's flagship station in Los Angeles, to produce the Es el Momento Education Fair. The event empowers thousands of Latino parents and students with information and resources to help them succeed in California's educational system.
The 2012 Es el Momento Education Fair will take place on Saturday, Oct. 13, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Cal State Dominguez Hills, 1000 E. Victoria Street, Carson, CA 90747.
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Last year the event served 50,000 visitors.
Stories and Reports
CSU Latino Outreach Initiative Report: PowerPoint presentation (15.6MB, .ppt) with highlights of 2009's event.
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Early Assessment Program (EAP)
The Early Assessment Program is a test that gives students an "early signal" to see if they are ready for the college-level English and mathematics at the end of their junior year of high school. CSU has created several resources to help students improve their English and math proficiency and encourages students to take the exam.
More about the Fair
Es el Momento Education Fair is part of Univision's long-term education campaign to increase parent involvement in their children's education and facilitate their understanding of the U.S. educational system from pre-kinder to college.
Univision's three-year national education initiative aims to improve academic achievement among K-12 Hispanic students with a specific focus on increasing rates of high school graduation, college readiness, college completion and engaging Hispanic parents and the broader community in these efforts.
The Spanish-language campaign, featured across all Univision platforms-television, radio, online and mobile-is being conducted in collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education and community, education, and civil rights groups from around the country.
The campaign focuses on fostering a strong culture of academic achievement and college aspiration among the U.S. Hispanic community. The campaign targets students, parents, caretakers and the broader community. The initiative includes national public service announcements (PSAs) on Univision media platforms, national and local news coverage, and special programming on television and radio, along with partnerships at the local level for grassroots and community efforts, such as the Es el Momento Education Fair at California State University, Dominguez Hills in Carson, California.
Award-winning Univision news anchor Jorge Ramos is the campaign's primary spokesperson.
"A great education is not an honor or privilege-it's a fundamental civil right. This partnership with Univision will not only inspire Hispanic students and their parents and community to aspire to a college education, it will give them access to the information and tools they need to make their dream a reality. Education is the best way to expand opportunity for all. We can't think of a better partner to work with than Univision, which shares this belief in the power of education."
--Melinda French Gates
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The California State University system, represented by Jorge Haynes, senior director of external relations, is a member of the campaign's advisory board that assists Univision in the ongoing development of the multi-year effort.
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Hispanic Educational Achievement
According to research, the high school graduation rate for Hispanic students is 55 percent compared to 69 percent for their non-Hispanic peers. Hispanic students lag behind their non-Latino peers on a number of key metrics, including standardized test scores, high school graduation rates, college matriculation rates, and college graduation rates. Given that one out of five K-12 students is Hispanic, closing this achievement gap is essential to help Latino students succeed in school and be prepared for today's workforce, as well as to bolster the overall strength of the U.S. education system and the future of the nation's economy.