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KEEPING THE PROMISE:  Partnerships for Latino Education Success

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Date: Friday, April 8, 2011
Time: 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Location: California State University– Dominguez Hills
University Library, Fourth Floor Meeting Room and Art Gallery
1000 E. Victoria Street, Carson, CA 90747


Welcome Message: Dr. Mildred Garcia, CSUDH President
Introductory Remarks: Esther Aguilera, CHCI President & CEO
Special Video Message: The Honorable Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education
Special Invitees/Attendees: Members of Congress and Local Elected Officials

Education Policy Panels

Keeping the Promise: Determined to Lead, Compete, and Succeed
2:15 pm - 3:45 pm

A number of public and private sectors leaders, as well as some education foundations, have embraced the national goal of increasing U.S. college degree attainment to 60% by 2025. However, the data is clear that the nation will not achieve this goal without accelerating Latino degree attainment. Panelists will address concrete action steps being done to increase Latino student success in the current political, economic, and educational climate.

Moderator:
Deborah Santiago, Vice President Policy and Research, Excelencia in Education

Panelists:

Fred Ruiz, Regent, University of California System
Jorge Haynes, Senior Director External Relations, California State University System, Office of the Chancellor
Ivelisse Estrada, Senior VP Corporate & Community Relations, Univision
Jose Rico, Deputy Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans
Michele Siqueiros, Executive Director, Campaign for College Opportunity
Tina Gridiron Smith, Program Officer, The Lumina Foundation

Keeping the Promise: Creating Access and Accountability
3:45 pm - 5:30 pm
Education is the great equalizer in this country. Yet Latinos continue to lag dramatically behind other demographic groups in education attainment levels. Panelists will engage in a critical conversation on the need to ensure accountability for Latino student success across all levels of the education spectrum.

Moderator:  
Arturo Vargas,
Executive Director, NALEO Education Fund

Panelists:
Rep. Laura Richardson, Member of Congress
Maria Elena Yepes, Member, LA County Board of Education  
Juan Sepulveda, Executive Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans
John Mockler, Former Executive Director, California State Board of Education
David Sanchez, President, California Teacher's Association
Suzanne Elise Walsh, Senior Program Officer, Postsecondary Improvement, Bill & Melinda & Gates Foundation

Keeping the Promise for Latino Education Success: Continuing the Conversation
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Reception

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Partnerships for Continuing the Conversation


A generation ago, the United States ranked first in the world in the percentage of adults with college degrees. Today our nation ranks 12th – behind Japan, Korea, Canada, and Australia. Without significant change in college attainment rates, the United States will face a shortage of 23 million college-educated adults in the workforce in the next 15 years – a crippling blow to U.S. economic competitiveness.

This education crisis has spurred the president and several of the nation’s largest private foundations to collectively launch a campaign to increase the higher education attainment rate in the United States to 60 percent of adults by 2025.

This is a critical national goal, but it cannot be achieved without significant attention to the overall low high school and college completion rates in the growing Hispanic population.

Today one in three entrants into the U.S. labor force is Hispanic, and by 2025 Hispanics will be half of all new workers.  Yet the high school dropout rate for Hispanics is 15 percent -- twice as high as the dropout rate for comparable non-Hispanic whites -- and Latinos have made virtually no progress in the level of college completion in the last 30 years.

In response, CHCI has launched a national dialogue, highlighted by a series of education policy forums and informal conversations across the country that will bring together leading education experts, advocates, local and national elected officials, and practitioners. CHCI will host panels in cities from Los Angeles to New York to examine the unique education challenges facing young Latinos, define the barriers to higher education attainment, and identify best practices for addressing these to help reach the 60 percent goal by 2025.

Following the panels, join us for an informal discussion of Latino education goals with our panelists, the CHCI Board, and local leaders.

Future forums will expand the conversation beyond the education community and discuss the roles of other important stakeholders that will be critical in achieving this goal, such as philanthropic foundations, corporate America, small businesses, and media and entertainment, among others.

In addition, CHCI will continue discussion around challenges and solutions to increasing Latino college completion at the organization’s annual, two-day Public Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. during Hispanic Heritage Month, September 2011 – an event attended by members of Congress, cabinet secretaries, and national experts in the field of education.

The objectives of these education public policy forums will be to increase the visibility of and enhance discussion around Latino educational attainment and the U.S. workforce, enhance the understanding in communities about the local economic impact created by Latino educational attainment, and engender a vested interest at the community level to achieve the 60 percent goal.

These forums will also highlight some best/promising practices that are proving to be effective in increasing Latino high school graduation rates and college enrollment and completion rates. We hope that these forums will encourage communities/individuals to take the bold actions necessary to implement programs to increase college completion rates and to integrate strategies focused on Latino students.


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