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Aug 14, 2019

Hispanic student enrollment in higher education has doubled in the last decade. Where are these students going, what do they need, how do Hispanic-serving Institution (HSIs) fit into the equation, and how is the current political climate affecting them?

In this episode, John Aguilar, executive director of legislative affairs at the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), discusses Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students, Dreamers, and how HSIs are leading the way in meeting students where they are while navigating unique funding challenges.

***Interview Recorded June 20, 2019


Here are some of the links and references from this week’s show:

Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU)

Government Investment in Public Hispanic-Serving Institutions

Protect Dreamers Higher Education Coalition

From the introduction:

Letter to House Leaders in Support of the FY 2020 Minibus Appropriations Bill

H.R.3038 - Securing American Science and Technology Act of 2019

H.R.6 - American Dream and Promise Act of 2019


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