Alejandra Ceja, executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics (Initiative), will provide remarks at the 2016 Spring Meeting of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics (Commission) on Thursday, April 28 at California State University, Fullerton in Fullerton, California. The day-long meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. PT.
In the morning, Ceja will share her thoughts on “A Hispanic Education Legacy.” Following her remarks, she will participate in a panel, “Ensuring Equity in Education: A Conversation with the White House Initiatives and Reflection from Commission” along with Priscilla Huang, Senior Advisor, White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders and Ron Lessard, Chief of Staff, White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education. The panel will be facilitated by Gabriel Sandoval, partner, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo and former Obama Administration appointee and will focus on strategies for institutionalization of their efforts on behalf of minority populations and recommendations for addressing persistent gaps and inequities in public education.
Other highlights of the meeting include remarks by Mildred Garcia, president, California State University, Fullerton; an armchair discussion with Sylvia Mendez, Civil Rights and education leader; introduction of new members of the Commission recently appointed by the President; breakout sessions covering Early Learning, K-12 and Postsecondary Education titled: Ensuring Equity in Education for Hispanics; and remarks by Maria Pastrana, Senior Advisor for the Initiative on “Supporting a Nation of Immigrants” highlighting the Obama Administration’s efforts on education for Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals and undocumented students.
The 29-member Commission meets twice a year as a full committee to discuss key topics relevant to the Hispanic community and priorities for the year. The Commission advises President Obama and U.S. Secretary John B. King Jr. on issues important and relevant to the Latino community, from cradle-to-career. The Commission meeting will be live streamed and can be accessed here. You can also follow @HispanicED for updates.