2010 HSF Alumni Hall of Fame Inductee, Lisa Pino, speaks after being recognized as this year's Brillante.
2010 continues to be an exciting year for HSF! Nationally, we’re seeing an increasing interest in Hispanic higher education, and HSF is proud to be part of these efforts and conversations. Earlier this year we launched Your Words Today, a national awareness campaign aimed at empowering parents and convincing them that they have an important role to play when it comes to getting their children into college. To date, our public service announcements have reached an estimated 48 million people through television, radio, and the internet, and we have distributed nearly 60,000 bilingual DVDs with information about college to Latino parents around the country
Our first-ever HSF Education Summit, held on October 5th in New York City, was a great success. The event brought together representatives from corporations, government, foundations and community organizations to launch Generation 1st Degree, a national initiative led by HSF to put a college degree in every Latino household and create a strong and enduring impact on the college outlook of Latino families across the country.
The Education Summit was followed by our ninth annual Alumni Hall of Fame (AHOF), where we honored four HSF alumni and one honorary alumnus for their accomplishments. The event inspired all of those present and who joined us online. As one student attendee said, “I was personally touched by the speakers' stories and it just makes me even more motivated to keep doing what I'm doing along with spreading the message.”
Most recently, President Obama signed an executive order renewing the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. HSF President, Frank Alvarez was present for this important moment. The Department of Education is also making efforts to promote opportunities for Hispanics as detailed in this month’s Take Note section.
As you can tell, there is a lot of energy around Hispanic higher education. HSF is continuing to do our part and we hope you will keep helping us in this effort. Stay involved by registering with the HSF Alumni Network at HSF.Net/Get Involved so we can connect you with other alumni through HSF events near you.
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Dr. Christian Arbelaez has faced lots of barriers. He fled Colombia with his family when he was 10 after his parents received a threat to kidnap him, a common occurrence for Colombian families. When he arrived in Miami, FL, he spoke no English and had no friends. “It was a very challenging time for me,” he says. Read more Happenings
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Over the past two years, the Obama administration has demonstrated a strong commitment to improving educational opportunities for Hispanic Americans. The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans brings together many government agencies with the goal of increasing Hispanic participation in federal education programs. Read more about these efforts.
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