Key Activities

President Obama set a goal that “by 2020 the U.S. will once again have the best educated, most competitive workforce in the world.” The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics (Initiative) aims to increase educational opportunities, improve educational outcomes and support the postsecondary completion goal for the Hispanic community. President Obama and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan have indicated that working together to put an outstanding education within reach of every child, regardless of zip code or origin, is central to America’s global competitiveness and success. The Initiative has established a framework that involves local, state and national leaders, public and private sector stakeholders, educators, families, and students in support of fostering educational excellence for the Latino community.

NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH 2014

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) from September 15th to October 15th with the intention of celebrating and honoring the histories, cultures, and contributions of those with Hispanic ancestry. The Initiative is committed to expanding educational opportunities and improving outcomes for all Latinos. In honor of HHM, the Initiative will lead and participate in a number of key activities listed below. See additional details in our Hispanic Heritage Month Activities 2014 document.

September 15

  • University of Central Florida’s Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff Luncheon; University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL

 September 16

  •  U.S. Department of Education’s National Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration: Hispanics: A Legacy of History, A Present of Action and a Future of Success; U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C.

September 17

  • WHIEEH September Monthly Webinar: Career- and Career-Ready Standards; U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C.

September 18

  • The Atlantic and National Journal’s “A New America” -Empowering Hispanic Millennials for Tech Leadership; Microsoft’s Washington Headquarters, Washington, D.C.
  • Quarterly Federal Interagency Working Group on Educational Excellence for Hispanics Meeting; U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C.
  • CUNY CREAR Futuros Mentoring Program; CUNY Campus, New York City, NY
  • Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s 27th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards; Warner Theatre, Washington, D.C.

September 19

  • Rabble Rousers: Fearless Fighters for Social Justice Agitadores: Luchadores Valientes por la Justicia Reception and Book Signing; National Education Association, Washington, D.C.

September 22

  • Champions of Change Educator Recognition; The White House, Washington D.C.
  • Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration; Vice President’s Residence, Naval Observatory. Washington, D.C.

September 25

  • Child Trends Hispanic Institute Webinar Release of Statistical Portrait of Hispanic Children; Bethesda, MD

September 26

  • National School Board Association’s National Hispanic Council of School Board Members Board of Directors’ Retreat; NSBA, Board Room, Alexandria, VA

September 30-October 1

  • Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Public Policy Conference; Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Washington, DC
  • Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Public Policy Conference: Tri-Caucus Plenary: Rebuilding the Minority Middle Class; Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Washington, DC

October 1

  • U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services Affordable Care Act Amplification Call with Minority Serving Institutions; U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C.

October 2

  • TBD – Girls Coding Briefing; The White House, Washington, D.C.
  • Entertainment Software Association & Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s LOFT Video Game Innovation Program
  • LULAC National Education Service Center In. (LNESC) Workshop II: Stem Education Policy; Hyatt Hotel (Union Square), Washington, DC
  • Congressional Hispanic Caucus Annual Gala; Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Washington, DC

October 3

  • Latinas Think Big; Google Headquarters; Silicon Valley, CA

October 4

  • Council of Urban Boards of Education National School Boards Association Annual Conference; Four Seasons Hotel Miami, Miami, FL
  • 2014 National Latino Children’s Summit; Sheraton Downtown Phoenix, AZ

October 8

  • Great Texas Foundation Faculty Fellows Reception; Cabinet Room-Old Ebbitt Grill, Washington, D.C.
  • U.S. Department of Education’s Latinos in Higher Education: Understanding the Transition & Navigating the Culture of Higher ED Towards Graduation; U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C.

October 14, 2014

  • Heising-Simons Foundation and the McKnight Foundation National Research Summit on the Early Care and Education of Dual Language Learners; TBD, Washington, DC
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Hispanic Heritage Month Commemoration; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 
  • TBD – National Hispana Leadership Institute White House Briefing; The White House, Washington, D.C. 
  • Iowa Latina/o Education Initiative: “Building a Culture of Hispanic Student Success”; Des Moines Community College, FFA Building; Ankeny, IA

October 15

  • Teach for America Google Hangout: Teach Orgullo. Give Oportunidad –National Campaign; Virtually, Washington, D.C.

October 15-18

  • Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) 11th Annual Education Summit; Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atlanta, Georgia

See past key activities here.