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Institutional Service Project Directors’ MeetingApril 19, 2011Washington, DC


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Mandate

The Executive Order affirms the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics is the main liaison between the Hispanic community, the White House, the federal government and various stakeholders to:

ensure Hispanic participation in government initiatives;

ensure education access, persistence and completion for Hispanics.


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Strategy

  • To fulfill our mandate and the President’s goal of increasing graduation rates by 2020, the Initiative has:

    • Identifies and helps organize public-private partnerships aimed at community education reform initiatives that increase Hispanic education attainment levels.

  • Organized and held over 80 Community Conversations in 19 states, Puerto Rico, USVI and DC.


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Strategy (cont.)

  • Creating a National Action Network--working directly with 12 heavily Hispanic communities that have asked us to help them move their education agenda.

    • The agenda is community driven.

    • The Initiative acts as a broker, providing requested assistance and information and is a conduit for nation-wide cross-community communication.


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Strategy (cont.)

  • To be a successful conduit, the Initiative is also partnering with private and philanthropic organizations.

    • Partnering to provide free assistance for Hispanic families to fill out the new, shorter FAFSA.

    • Working with Univisión, to promote education.


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Strategy (cont.)

  • The Initiative has also created an Inter Agency Working Group, where “feds” from other agencies assist in providing information to the Hispanic community on opportunities to obtain funding.

  • Working collaboratively with the other Initiatives, who work with populations that have similar situations.

  • Providing President Obama and Secretary Duncan with advice and recommendations.


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Future Outlook

  • Short term:

    • Providing the Hispanic community with assistance—from federal grant opportunities, to putting them in contact with others working on the same goals.

  • Long term:

    • Improving access to high quality programs that encourage early learning and development of Hispanic children, from birth to age 5.

    • Systemic changes in the K-12 education system, where Hispanic and all students receive a well-rounded education and have access to excellent teachers.


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Future Outlook (cont.)

  • Long term:

    • Increasing college access and success for Hispanics, decreasing the dropout rate and increasing the graduation rate, working with HSIs.

    • Improving quality and access to adult education; literacy; and career and technical training.


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Contact Information

Juan Sepúlveda

Executive Director

[email protected]

José Rico

Deputy Director

[email protected]

Glorimar Maldonado

Chief of Staff

[email protected]

Initiative’s Web Site:

http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/list/hispanic-initiative/index.html

To become part of the Initiative’s database, send an email to: [email protected]


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