Tuesday, April 07, 2015


by email from the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics 

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Tue, Apr 7, 2015 6:06 am

Dear Colleagues:

September 2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics (Initiative). To commemorate this historic occasion U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and the Initiative launched the “Anniversary Year of Action: Fulfilling America’s Future” from October 2014 through September 2015. Throughout the Anniversary Year of Action, the Initiative is encouraging the public and private sectors to invest in increasing educational outcomes and opportunities for Hispanic students across the country.

This national call for Commitments to Action (Commitments) will make a meaningful and quantifiable contribution to increase and support educational outcomes for Latinos, from cradle-to-career, in the following critical areas: early education, K-12 education, college access, postsecondary education, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, and Latino teacher recruitment. Examples of Commitments range from offering scholarships, internships and fellowships, increasing the number of students enrolled in STEM courses, increasing Hispanic teacher recruitment efforts and support for teachers, strengthening language and literacy instruction in preschool programs, providing in-depth college counseling or committing resources to develop, expand, scale or replicate programs working to address these critical areas in your community.

To learn more about the Initiative’s Anniversary Year of Action and how to develop a Commitment, visit ed.gov/HispanicInitiative and join the Initiative’s webinar tomorrow, April 8, 2015 from 2:00-3:00 PM EDT. [11AM-Noon PDT] Please RSVP by using this link.

To ensure that proposed Commitments will be reviewed and considered for recognition at the Initiative’s Anniversary Year of Action culmination celebration, during 2015 Hispanic Heritage Month, submit your proposed Commitment by June 30, 2015. If you have any questions please contact Jaqueline Cortez-Wang, Senior Advisor, at jaqueline.cortezwang@ed.gov.

Working together to invest in and support the Hispanic community will help ensure their success and the success of our nation.

Thank you for your support.

Alejandra Ceja,

Executive Director

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