U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan to Address Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute 38th Annual Public Policy Hispanic Heritage Month Conference

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U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will address the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s (CHCI) 38th Annual Public Policy Hispanic Heritage Month Conference in Washington, D.C. at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7

Duncan will speak during the CHCI’s Education Policy Luncheon and highlight Latino progress in education, the Obama administration’s efforts to support and advance the educational attainment of all students, including Latinos, and encourage continued investments in ensuring their success in higher education, careers and beyond as a moral imperative to help fulfill America’s future.

Alejandra Ceja, executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics (Initiative), will be recognized during the CHCI’s Education Luncheon with the 2015 Medallion of Excellence for Distinguished Alumnus Award for her years of dedicated service to CHCI and the Latino community. The Education Luncheon fulfills the Memorandum of Understanding established between the Initiative and CHCI during last year’s public policy conference and focuses on civil rights and equity in education.

Prior to the luncheon, Ceja will speak on a panel entitled “Financial Aid for Postsecondary Education Latino Students,” which will explore ways to improve financial aid programs for Latino students who tend to come from families with lower income levels and who may lack awareness of financial aid resources. The panelists will discuss policy recommendations to facilitate aid process and help Latino students and parents make sound, informed decisions when paying for college.

The Initiative is celebrating its 25th anniversary, a historic milestone that will be commemorated with the leveraging of public- and private-sector commitments to action that invest in quality education programs and strategies for Hispanics. You can also follow updates on Twitter via @HispanicEd