CHCI's Education Policy Summit - NYC - Agenda

A generation ago, the United States ranked first in the world in the percentage of adults with college degrees.  Today, our nation ranks 12th.  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.  The growing Hispanic population will be critical in meeting future workforce needs.

In response to this crisis, CHCI has assembled an outstanding line-up of powerful Latino leaders to participate in Keeping the Promise:  Partnerships for Latino Education Success—CHCI’s education forum designed to foster an ongoing national dialogue focused on increasing educational attainment among young Latinos.

José Díaz-Balart, Telemundo news anchor, and Natalie Morales, news anchor on NBC’s TODAY, will moderate two sessions to begin a dynamic dialogue on critical education issues that have national significance.  CHCI has assembled an amazing group of thought leaders to address these issues. 

Below are details on our next event. 

January 30, 2012

30 Rockefeller Plaza – Studio 8H
New York, NY 10112

Special Guests: 
Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (NY-12) (invited)
Rep. José Serrano (NY-16)  (confirmed)
Rep. Pedro Pierluisi (PR-At Large) (confirmed)

8:00 – 8:45 am 

Registration and Breakfast 

8:45 – 9:00 am 

Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:00 – 9:45 am



Today one in three entrants into the U.S. labor force is Hispanic, and by 2025 Hispanics will be one of every two new workers entering the workforce. 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. Hispanics will obviously prove to be a key in meeting future workforce needs.  Moreover, over the next five years the Hispanic consumer market is expected to expand to $750 billion per year.

In this session, panelists will provide action steps needed by multiple stakeholders and educational partners to increase Latino student access and success in the current political, economic, and educational climate to ensure that our Hispanic students are prepared to fill future workforce needs, and sustain the U.S. economy.


  • Rep. Pedro Pierluisi (PR-At Large)
  • Pedro Noguera, Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University & Executive Director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education
  • Sarita Brown, President, Excelencia in Education
  • Antonio Perez, President, Borough of Manhattan Community College
  • Lissette Nieves, Commissioner, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics
  • MODERATOR:  José Díaz Balart, Telemundo


9:45 – 10:15 am 

Q&A Open Forum

10:15 – 10:30 am 


10:30 – 11:00 am 

Young Latino Perspective – In Their Own Voices


Join us for a powerful session with a panel of dynamic and motivated high school and college students who will discuss the obstacles and personal challenges they have experienced in pursuing their academic goals.


  • High School Perspective:  Kathya Marte & Julian Rodriguez, Bronx, New York, CHCI High School Latino Leaders in D.C.
  • Current College Student Perspective:  Mariella Paulino, Bronx, New York, NYU, CHCI Intern Alumni
  • Current College Perspective and Scholarship RecipientsEddie A. Bernard, New York, New York, Brooklyn College/NYU, CHCI-Telemundo Scholar 2010 & Anival Gonzalez, Bronx, New York, Borough of Manhattan Community College, CHCI-Telemundo 2011 Scholar
  • Recent College Graduate:  Jenny Alcaide, Jackson Heights, New York, 2009-10 CHCI Public Policy Fellow 


11:00 – 11:45 am



Mass media is a significant force in modern American culture.  Whether written, broadcast, or spoken, media reaches larger audiences through television, internet radio, advertising, movies, newspapers, and magazines.  With research showing the lack of Latino role models depicted across media, Hispanic youth aspirations are compromised and reinforced from a very young age and throughout their lives.  Thus, media and entertainment industries have a critical role in the movement to create a stage to elevate and empower our growing Latino youth and population given the power of messaging, and the role and stage entertainment/media have to shape and drive our society, culture, and country forward.

Panelists will engage in a critical conversation on the need to ensure accountability and the responsibility of media.  This includes promoting Latino student success across all levels, industries, and professions and along the education spectrum, and providing role models that they can look up to empower and feed their aspirations.


    • Print Perspective:  Monique Manso, Publisher, PEOPLE En Español 
    • Social Media Perspective:  Miguel Ferrer, Managing Editor of AOL Latino & HuffPost LatinoVoices
    • Entertainment Perspective:  Frankie Negron, International Recording Artist
  • Television Perspective:  Tony Plana, Actor and Director
  • MODERATOR:  Natalie Morales, NBC's TODAY


11:45 am – 12:15 pm

Q&A Open Forum

12:15 – 12:30 pm

Wrap-up and Closing Remarks

12:30 – 1:30 pm

Continuing the Conversation & Meet the Panelists Networking Luncheon

Sponsored exclusively by Comcast/NBCUniversal/Telemundo, this luncheon offers attendees the opportunity to get to know the panelists and extend the important dialogue begun during the morning's panels.

 Thank you to our event partners and generous sponsors:

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