The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities held its 32nd Annual Conference, “Championing Hispanic Higher Education Success: Building America’s Future,” at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, in Atlanta, Georgia, drawing more than 1,750 attendees from across the Nation. Among the participants were more than 450 undergraduate students taking part in the Student Track: HACU ¡Adelante! Leadership Institute, held in conjunction with the Annual Conference, Oct. 6-8, 2018. Pre- and post-conference events were also held.
The conference offered more than 50 workshops on a variety of topics of interest to Hispanic-Serving Institutions in six tracks: grants; partnerships; executive leadership; student academic success; research; advocacy and best practices from HSIs and emerging HSIs.
An International Plenary on “The Role of Presidents/CEOs in Internationalizing their Campuses” and a HACU Town Hall focused on “Immigration, Today’s Civil Rights Struggle” were among the highlights of the conference plenaries. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms welcomed conference attendees during a luncheon plenary.
As part of the proceedings, eight recognitions were made to individuals and organization that have contributed to improving opportunities for Hispanic college students. Two of the honorees were inducted into HACU’s Hall of Champions, which recognizes those who have advanced the mission of the Association, “Championing Hispanic Success in Higher Education.” Those honored were:
HACU Hall of Champions inductee, the late Sister Elizabeth Anne Sueltenfuss, CDP, Ph.D., president emerita of Our Lady of the Lake University (TX). The award was accepted by Diane Melby, Ph.D., president of OLLU.
HACU Hall of Champions inductee, J. Michael Ortiz, Ph.D., president emeritus, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. The award was accepted by Tomás Morales, Ph.D., president of California State University, San Bernardino, past chair of HACU’s Governing Board.
HACU Lifelong Leadership Award presented to Rev. Monsignor Franklyn M. Casale, president emeritus, St. Thomas University, in recognition of lifelong leadership and advocacy for Hispanic higher education success.
Outstanding HACU-Member Institution award presented to the Universidad Metropolitana, for excellence in support of HACU’s mission.
President’s Award of Excellence presented to Jorge Caballero, senior partner at Deloitte Tax LLP, for outstanding service to Hispanic higher education success.
Exemplary Policy Advocacy Leadership Award recognized The Honorable Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, U.S. Representative (FL) for exemplary leadership and support of HACU’s policy issues.
Outstanding Private Sector Partner presented to Deloitte for outstanding leadership and support of HACU’s mission.
Outstanding Public Sector Partner presented to the United States Department of Agriculture – Agriculture Research Service for outstanding leadership and support of HACU’s mission.
HACU will host its 33rd Annual Conference, “Championing Hispanic Higher Education Success: Meeting the Challenge of Prosperity and Equality,” October 5-7, 2019, at the Hilton Chicago, Illinois.