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Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to Take Part in CHCI’s Education Luncheon

CHCI’s Chair Rep. Linda T. Sánchez and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan team up to address educational attainment for Latinos during the CHCI Public Policy Conference Education Luncheon. Working with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, this luncheon will examine civil rights and equity in education, cultivate commitments from the corporate community, and look at where the community is headed.

CHCI will also present its 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award to CHCI Alumnus, Alejandra Ceja.

Scheduled Speakers:

Rep. Linda T. Sánchez, CHCI Chair
Hon. Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education
Alejandra Ceja, Executive Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans
Randi Weingarten, President, AFT

Take Part in CHCI’s 2015 Public Policy Conference Education Summits
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) 2015 Public Policy Conference gathers the nation’s top minds for two days of critical discussions on major policy issues affecting the Latino community and the nation. Key issues include: education, STEM, economy and workforce, labor, health, immigration, and more. Our theme – Powering Growth and Influence – will address the integral role that Latinos play in shaping our nation’s future. This year CHCI will also host a Presidential Candidates Session where you will get to hear firsthand the candidates’ visions for our nation. Don’t miss this remarkable opportunity to join the discussion and network with national leaders, elected officials, corporate executives, community activists, and fellow educators.

Rep. Pete Aguilar

Education Summit: Access to Opportunity

Join CHCI Advisory Council member Rep. Pete Aguilar for an insightful conversation highlighting the current challenges and promising initiatives that address the needs of Latino students K-12. Panelists will discuss best practices and policy recommendations that contribute to the academic success of Latino students.


Ted Alejandre – Superintendent for Schools, San Bernardino County
Steve Colon – Vice President, Access to Opportunity, College Board
Maria Echaveste – Senior Fellow, UC Berkeley Center for Latin American Studies
John B. King, Jr. – Deputy Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education
Marty G. Meeden – Board Member, CTA
Joaquin Nuño-Whelan – Chief Engineer, Next Generation Full Size Truck- SUVs, General Motors Global Product Development

Event Details:

Tuesday, October 6
10:45 am -12:15 pm
Walter E. Washington Convention Center (East Overlook)

Rep. Joaquin Castro
Rep. Henry Cuellar

Higher Education Summit: Financial Aid For Postsecondary Education Latino Students

Join CHCI Board of Directors member Rep. Joaquin Castro and Advisory Council member Rep. Henry Cuellar for a timely discussion focusing on financial aid programs and ways to improve access for Latino students, who tend to come from families with lower income levels, and may lack awareness of financial aid resources. Panelists will discuss policy recommendations that improve the financial aid process and help Latino students and parents make sound decisions in paying for college.


Alejandra Ceja – Executive Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics
Diana Martinez – Director, Student Financial Aid, University of Texas San Antonio
Julie Peller – Director of Federal Policy, Lumina Foundation
Jamey Rorison, Ph.D. – Senior Research Analyst, Institute for Higher Education Policy

Event Details:

Wednesday, October 7 
10:45 am -12:15 pm
Walter E. Washington Convention Center (Room 204B)