The University of New Mexico will host the Third Biennial Policy Summit on Latino Higher Education "Responding to a Call of Urgency, we are the future and the future is now" in collaboration with the Sereno Alliance for Higher Education and the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce, Oct. 2-4 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Albuquerque.
The Summit kicks off with a luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 2 featuring a keynote address by Dr. Nancy “Rusty” Barcelo, president of Northern New Mexico College.  Other speakers include Honorable Lisette Nieves from the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, and the Honorable Jose Z. Garcia, NM Cabinet Secretary for Higher Education.  Among those scheduled to attend are NM Lt. Gov. John L. Sanchez and Co Lt. Gov. Joseph A. Garcia.
The Summit will be structured in a think tank format so all of the participants can become engaged in vital dialogue on the issues that have been selected as critically important to the future socioeconomic well-being of this country.  It is designed to bring together Hispanic/Latino leadership, educators, appointed and elected officials, student leadership and numerous other representatives from public and private sectors throughout the country, to continue the substantive dialogue on selected critical issues that continue to have a great societal economic impact on Hispanic/Latino communities.
The summit will focus on critical issues concerning Hispanic/Latino communities including:
  • Higher Education Leadership; Faculty and Administration
  •  Student enrollments with a focus on Latino students and their projected impact on the future economy of the nation
  •  Elevating our relations with Latin America and accessing the current status of the undocumented student from a national and international perspective
  •  Options for a new funding model for higher education
  • Increasing enrollments, retention and graduation rates for Latinos across all STEM fields
  • The condition of college and college readiness
  • Financial aid and the student loan debt
  • Examining the financial resilience of Hispanic Serving Institutions as they prepare to serve the next generation of Latino students
  •  Preparing high school students for transition to colleges and universities and enhancing programs to graduations students in higher education
Institutions and entities organizing and planning the policy summit predict the outcome of this collaboration will be in consensus on recommendations to be translated into strategic policy statements to be disseminated and presented for implementation on a national level.  
For more detailed information, visit: Latino Summit or call Summit Coordinator Manuel “Manny” Frias at (602) 725-9009