External Relations


MAY 2010

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HACU lobbies for additional funding for Hispanic serving institutions
Photo of Antonio Flores, Arne Duncan and Milton Gordon

HACU President Antonio Flores, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and CSUF President and HACU Chairman Milton Gordon.

During visits to members of the U.S. Congress on April 20, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) called for increased federal investment in Hispanic Higher Education and spoke against the Obama administration's proposal to consolidate federal science grants into one single competitive grant.

The visits were part of HACU's 15th Annual Capitol Forum which was attended by approximately 175 higher education stakeholders, university presidents and administrators.    

Prior to the congressional visits, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke to HACU members about the need for more Hispanic teachers in K-12 and the administration's intent to support innovative partnerships with the community and churches to strengthen on-time high school graduation. He also said that the Obama's administration is committed to supporting Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) programs and teaching of foreign languages. 

Photo of Tomas Arciniega, Sy Abrego, Antonio Flores and Milton Gordon

Former CSUB President Tomás Arciniega, CSUF’s Sy Abrego, HACU President Antonio Flores, and CSUF President Milton Gordon show the CSU’s How to Get to College Poster

Earlier this year, HACU successfully moved the inclusion of $1 billion for STEM programs at Hispanic Serving Institutions. The funding was included in the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2010, which was signed into law as part of the health care reform bill.

Other speakers included U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, National Science Foundation Director Arden Bement, Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans Juan Sepulveda, and Congressman Bob Filner (D-51st), chair of the House Committee on Veteran Affairs.

HACU is a nationally recognized voice for Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) - a federal designation for colleges and universities whose enrollment is 25 percent Hispanic. Thirteen CSU campuses and the CSU Chancellor's Office are HSIs.

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