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White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics to Convene President’s Advisory Commission Members

Dr. Jill Biden to Address Commission Members; Shakira to Join Members of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics at White House; Swearing-In Ceremony at U.S. Capitol Building Thursday

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WASHINGTON – Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, record producer and dancer Shakira will join a dozen fellow new members of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics for meetings at the White House and be sworn-in at an official ceremony at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center on Thursday. The Commission is tasked with expanding academic excellence and improving educational opportunities for Hispanics by providing advice to President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

Dr. Jill Biden, a lifelong educator and wife of Vice President Joe Biden, will give brief remarks on the importance of Hispanic success in education to America’s economy to members of the Commission at the White House before the ceremony. Members of the Commission met for the first-time at the White House in May and were sworn-in by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Hispanics are the largest minority group in the public education system with more than 1 in 5 students in the nation’s elementary, middle and high schools, but have the lowest education attainment level overall, according to a report by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. Shakira has worked on a number of efforts to expand and improve comprehensive early childhood care and education around the world.

The Commissioners meeting at the White House will begin streaming live on the Internet at http://www.whitehouse.gov/live at 1:00 pm ET on Thursday and conclude at 5:30 pm ET, and will stream from 9 a.m ET to 5:00 pm ET on Friday. Updates will also be available on Twitter through hashtag #AtTheWHI and through the White House Initiative’s handle @HispanicEd.

WHITE HOUSE INITIATIVE ON EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE FOR HISPANICS EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6

1:00 p.m.
President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics convenes their second meeting at the White House.

3:45 p.m.
Dr. Jill Biden welcomes members of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics to their second meeting at the White House.
Eisenhower Executive Office Building Room 430 ABC
Media entrance: White House North West Gate, Pennsylvania Ave.
Final gather: 3:30 p.m. at stakeout area on the North Lawn

4:30 p.m.
Shakira joins the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics to discuss improving academic excellence and expanding educational opportunities.
Eisenhower Executive Office Building Room 430 ABC
Media entrance: White House North West Gate, Pennsylvania Ave.
Final gather: 3:30 p.m. at stakeout area on the North Lawn

5:30 p.m.
Day one of meeting concludes.

7 p.m.
Shakira joins more than a dozen members of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics at an official swearing-in ceremony, followed by a reception with community leaders.
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center Congressional Auditorium and Atrium
Media entrance: First Street, S.E. main entrance
Camera preset: 6 p.m.
Final access: 6:45 p.m.
Camera throw: 75 feet

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7

1:00 p.m.
President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics convenes the second day of their second meeting at the White House.

5:00 p.m.
Meeting concludes.

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PRESIDENT'S ADVISORY COMMISSION ON EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE FOR HISPANICS
List of Members

  • Eduardo J. Padrón of Miami, Fla., chair, President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics and and Miami Dade College President
  • Alicia Abella of Florham Park, N.J., innovative services research director at AT&T Labs Research
  • Modesto E. Abety of Miami, Fla., chief executive officer of The Children's Trust
  • Sylvia Acevedo of Austin, Texas, president and CEO of CommuniCard, LLC
  • Alfredo J. Artiles of Tempe, Ariz., professor at Arizona State University
  • Daniel J. Cardinali of Washington, D.C., president of Communities in Schools
  • Francisco G. Cigarroa of Laredo, Texas, chancellor of The University of Texas System
  • Cesar Conde of Miami, Fla., president of Univision Networks at Univision Communications, Inc.
  • Denis J. Cruz of Whittier, Calif., elementary principal in East Whittier City School District
  • Lily Eskelsen of Washington, D.C. vice President National Education Association
  • Luis Ricardo Fraga of Seattle, Wash., associate vice provost at University of Washington in Seattle
  • JoAnn Gama of McAllen, Texas, chief of schools for IDEA Public Schools
  • Patricia Gándara of Los Angeles, Calif., professor at University of California, Los Angeles
  • Millie Garcia of Dominguez Hills, Calif., president of California State University, Dominguez Hills
  • Manuel Gomez of San Juan, P.R., director and founder of the Resource Center for Science and Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico
  • Sara Lundquist of Santa Ana, Calif., vice president of student services at Santa Ana College
  • Monica Martinez of Tiburon, Calif., education consultant for Monica Martinez Consulting
  • Veronica Melvin of Los Angeles, Calif., chief operating officer of Communities for Teaching Excellence
  • Nancy Navarro of Rockville, Md., Montgomery County Council, District 4
  • Maria Neira of Latham, N.Y., vice president of New York State United Teachers
  • Lisette Nieves of New York, N.Y., social entrepreneur-in-residence at Blue Ridge Foundation
  • Adrian Pedroza of Albuquerque, N.M., executive director of Partnership for Community Action
  • Darline P. Robles of Los Angeles, Calif., professor at University of Southern California
  • Ricardo Romo of San Antonio, Texas, president of The University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Manny Sanchez of Chicago, Ill., managing partner at Sanchez Daniels & Hoffman LLP
  • Kent Scribner of Phoenix, Ariz., superintendent of Phoenix Union High School District
  • Shakira of Barranquilla, Colombia, founder of Fundación Pies Descalzos
  • Marta Tienda of Princeton, N.J., professor at Princeton University