Analysis of White House Initiatives on Black and Hispanic Education:

Analysis of White House Initiatives on Black and Hispanic Education:

White house initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans
The initiative, formed in 1994, does not focus exclusively on Hispanic-serving institutions, rather it spans education continuum. The presidential commission connected with the office, the Presidential Advisory Committee on Educational Excellence, has 24 presidentially appointed members, and the chairman is Guillermo Linares, a New York city councilman.

The initiative serves as a sounding board for all HSIs and tries to increase awareness of educational issues in general rather than specific colleges. As of August 2000, there were 151 HSIs that have at least a 25 percent Hispanic
enrollment rate.

The group is currently working on a new listing of HSIs that meet the 25 percent or more Hispanic enrollment criteria. At a  September address at the National Press Club in Washington, “Creating the Will: Hispanics Achieving Educational Excellence,” the presidential commission was expected to talk about its experiences over the past seven years working for the Clinton administration and give examples of what’s been working in all aspects of Latino education. An Oct. 7 conference is planned at Cardoza Senior High School in Washington, which is part of a national conference series looking at how different agencies can support Latino parents, and an annual survey on support for HSIs, including how much money they get for research, infrastructure, scholarships, etc.

Staff: Sarita E. Brown, executive director
Four staff members

Budget: $80,000

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Source: Richard Toscano, Special Assistant for
Interagency Affairs
White house initiative on Historically Black Colleges & Universities and
Minority Institutions
The initiative, formed in 1980, works with all
colleges that are deemed HBCUs, approximately 118. The presidential commission connected with the office, the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, has 22 members and is chaired by Dr. Earl S.
Richardson of Morgan State University.

The group just held the National Historic Black College Conference earlier this month for presidents and chancellors for all HBCUs, as well as participation from other agencies. Special emphasis was placed on developing grant-writing and fund-raising skills.

Staff: Catherine LeBlanc, staff director 
Nine staff members

Budget: Funding is folded into the budget of the Office of Postsecondary Education.

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Source: Catherine LeBlanc

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