In this episode, your host Ralph Newell welcomes Antonio R. Flores, president and CEO of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) for over twenty-five years.
Dr. Flores is a leading voice of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) whose advocacy efforts have garnered over $4 billion in federal funding for HSIs, an investment he explains as a win-win for America, the new economy, and underserved populations.
Tune in as Dr. Antonio R. Flores discusses what equity means for HACU and why funding HSIs is a question of public and national interest that Congress needs to address as quickly as possible.
- What is the history of HACU and some of the challenges it faces?
- Why it is NECESSARY for America to invest in HSIs.
- Should community college be free?
- The Loan Forgiveness Program’s impact on the Latino community.
- What does equity mean for HSIs?
- The diversity of HSIs and interlocking resources with other minority-serving institutions.
“More than half of all the new population added to America was made up of Hispanics. So, the future of the country is very clearly moving in that direction. The investments required to support these very fast-growing underserved populations not only need but truly deserve immediate action on the part of Congress.”
“These institutions not only are educating the majority of Latinos and other underserved populations, but they really are becoming the backbone of that labor force that we need for the new economy, for this educated labor force.”
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