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Issue #25
April 2012

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White House Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics Meets at CSU Dominguez Hills

Members of the Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics met April 3 at CSU Dominguez Hills to discuss and finalize its 2012 strategic work plan.

Community leaders and education officials from K-12, community colleges and four-year institutions also attended the meeting and had the opportunity to present their views during breakout sessions of the commission's established subcommittees.

Nearly 30 commissioners representing several states were hosted by CSUDH President Mildred Garcia, also a member of the advisory commission.

Roberto Rodriguez, special assistant to the president for education policy, presented the key points of Obama's education platform. He said that eliminating barriers to educational attainment is an economic imperative because in the near future 4 out of 10 jobs will require a bachelor's degree. It is also a moral imperative because the opportunity for advancement is part of the principles of equity and fairness that make America great, he said.

According to White House documents, Latinos are by far the largest minority group in today's American public education system, numbering more than 12.4 million in the country's elementary, middle and high schools.

The following documents were distributed or referred to during the discussions:

Winning the Future: Improving Education for the Latino Community

Education Blueprint, a document that links the strength of the American economy to the education system.

An America Built to Last: White House Hispanic Community Action Summits


White House Commission on Hispanic Education meets at CSUDH 2012
From left, Jose Rico, director of the White House Hispanic Initiative; Eduardo Padron, president of Miami Dade College; Mildred Garcia, president of CSUDH, and Roberto Rodriguez, special assistant to the president for education policy, during the opening session of the White House Initiative on Hispanic Americans.

Students speak to White Hose Commissioners on Hispanic Education
Students make policy recommendations to White House commissioners.

First established in 1990, the commission was created to advise the president and the secretary of education on issues related to Hispanics.


Asian American and Pacific Islander Summit to feature CSU Presidents Morishita and Qayoumi

AAPI Summit The Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Summit will convene educators, community leaders and policymakers to address the challenges facing AAPI students and those who serve them.

CSU presidents Leroy Morishita of CSU East Bay and Mo Qayoumi of San Jose State will be keynote speakers. Mitch Maki, vice provost at CSU Dominguez Hills, will be master of ceremonies.

The summit will showcase the California State University's Journey to Success program as a national model of effective partnership to engage the community in developing strategies for education access and student success.

The event will take place April 25 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles.

Who should attend?

  • School counselors
  • Teachers
  • College admission and outreach officers
  • Financial aid administrators
  • Leaders of national advocacy and community-based organizations
  • Policymakers
  • Parent engagement coordinators

Click here to register.



CSU AAPI Initiative Members Among Co-Authors of Book about Asian and Pacific Islander Issues in Higher Education

AAPI Book Cover

"Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Higher Education: Research and Perspectives on Identity, Leadership, and Success" is a compilation of statistical reports, research findings and experiential accounts.

The book showcases AAPI students' strengths and vulnerabilities and the struggles of the community to gain visibility in higher education institutions.

With a foreword by Bob Suzuki, former president of Cal Poly Pomona, the book was co-edited by Doris Ching and Amy Agbayani. Mary Ann Takemoto of CSU Long Beach and Howard Wang of CSU Fullerton, both members of the steering committee of CSU's AAPI Initiative were chapter co-authors.


Upcoming College Events and Fairs

April 25
Asian American and Pacific Islander Summit
Westin Bonaventure Hotel, Los Angeles

April 26-27
A Dream Deferred: The Future of African American Education
Westin Bonaventure Hotel, Los Angeles

May 19
CSU AAPI Journey to Success
Fijian, Cambodian, Laotian, Samoan, Hawaiian, Chinese, Vietnamese and Filipino
CSU East Bay (Co-hosted by San Francisco State University)

May 12-13
2nd Annual Pow Wow Honoring the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas
CSU Dominguez Hills

May 22-23
Native American Student Advocacy Institute

May 31-June 1
Preparate: Educating Latinos for the Future of America
Hyatt Regency Miami, FL

August 25
CSU Super Saturday College Fair
CSU Dominguez Hills


CSU San Bernardino Hosts Third Annual Latino Education Advocacy Days Summit

Eduardo Ochoa delivers Key Note address at CSUSB LEAD Conference 2012

U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education Eduardo Ochoa delivers the morning’s keynote address. (Photo by CSUSB Academic Computing and Media)

Information Booths at CSUSB's LEAD Conference 2012

Students, educators and community leaders visit the information booths during CSUSB's LEAD Summit. (Photo by CSUSB Academic Computing and Media)

Empowerment through Latino education, using social media and creating future Latino leaders were the themes of the third annual Latino Education Advocacy Days (LEAD) summit held at Cal State San Bernardino on March 28.

An estimated 1,000 people attended the free all-day forum held in the Santos Manuel Student Union Events Center, with thousands more participating over the Internet at more than 1,500 viewing stations around the United States and 29 other countries.

The forum featured a group of distinguished speakers that included U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education Eduardo Ochoa, Reies Lopez Tijerina, a leader of the Mexican-American Movement in the 1960s and Ernie Garcia, CSUSB's retired dean of the College of Education.

The LEAD 2012 summit was webcast internationally to sites that included Mexico, Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, England, Guatemala, Iceland, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, Spain and South Korea, among others.

Visit the LEAD website at http://lead.csusb.edu or contact Enrique Murillo, LEAD executive director at (909) 537-5632.

CSU Joins Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities' Capitol Forum

Secretary Ken Salazar speaks at HACU 2012

Ken Salazar, U.S. Secretary of the interior, speaks during the HACU Capitol Forum held in Washington on March 25-27.

HACU recently presented its legislative agenda for the second session of the 112th Congress during HACU’s Capitol Forum on Hispanic Higher Education. More than 190 attendees convened in Washington for the annual gathering.

Michael Ortiz, president of Cal Poly Pomona, and representatives from five campuses and the Chancellor's Office joined HACU delegations headed to Capitol Hill to advocate for maintaining federal funding for Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) and helping ensure an educated workforce for the nation.

HACU’s appropriations requests for FY 2013 include funding for Title V under the Higher Education Act for HSIs and for programs of Hispanic-Serving Agricultural Colleges and Universities that have been authorized under the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act (farm bill).

HACU also addresses Hispanic higher education needs across the K-20 pipeline. HACU Public Policy priorities include recommendations for the reauthorizations of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the farm bill, the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), and Veterans Affairs.

HACU continues to put a strong emphasis on passage of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act as a key element of comprehensive immigration reform.

Related Article: Amid budget cuts, HACU sees new challenges for Hispanic college students


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