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California State University To Participate in White House Initiative for Competitiveness of Hispanic Americans

(April 10, 2007) – The California State University – Office of the Chancellor will participate at the White House Conference on Competitiveness of Hispanic Americans to be held at the University of Texas at El Paso on April 23-25, 2007.

CSU’s Senior Director for External Affairs, Jorge Haynes will moderate a session examining the participation of Hispanics in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

The conference will convene Hispanic Serving Institutions from across the country to focus on building their capacity to meet the nation’s need for innovative research and Hispanic talent in the STEM fields.

Entitled, “The American Competitiveness Initiative: Challenges and Opportunities for Hispanic Serving Institutions,” the conference will engage higher education’s Hispanic Serving institutions, the federal government, K-12 public schools, the high-tech commercial sector, and Hispanic science and engineering associations.

“The California State University is the nation’s leading university in preparation of Hispanic students,” Haynes said. “Because of the diversity in our campuses, where Hispanics comprise 26 percent of the 400,000-plus student body, we are well positioned to take a leadership role in the effort to attract and graduate more Hispanics to the STEM disciplines. 

“CSU excels in a wide range of specialties within the STEM field and its campuses are consistently recognized at the national level for the high quality of their science programs.”

CSU produces more than 40 percent of the state’s bachelor’s degrees in health care and life sciences and information technology, including more than 50 percent of the general computer and information sciences graduates. Some CSU campuses send more engineering, computer science and business graduates to the Silicon Valley than any other college or university.

About California State University  
The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, 417,000 students and 46,000 faculty and staff. Eleven CSU campuses are recognized as Hispanic Serving Institutions. See www.calstate.edu

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Last Updated: April 10, 2007

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