As those who participate in our weekly chats know, education has always been an essential part of our core mission… not to mention, a heavily dissected subject for us during our Thursday-night tertulias. LATISM members, all of whom are very knowledgeable and action-driven, have always been very vocal about what they believe would be the best approaches to take in order to solve the Latino education problems.
So when we were tapped by the newly formed White House Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics to coordinate a chat to get our community’s feedback, we knew this was a not-to-be-missed opportunity to help effect some much-needed, actionable change on the issue.
As the chat went on, the commission was not let down: last Thursday, hundreds of us congregated under our beloved #latism hashtag and let the commission know our thoughts on the education crisis as well as ideas on how all of us as teachers, parents, local businesses, and students can strengthen Latino education outcomes not only for the benefit of our community but for the future of America.
The commission –a group of well-respected Latino leaders from the education, philanthropic, business, nonprofit and high-tech sectors –have the primary task of devising a strategy that can meet the President’s 2020 goal of having the most graduates in the world, and LATISM is very proud to be their partner in this quest.
I hope all of you out there can feel the same wave of pride that I feel today. One of the most frequently asked questions I get is “so, what happens after these chats?”. My answer usually points people to the various initiatives we have embarked on based on your suggestions, ideas and input. It is your insightful contributions to these chats, your voices, your concerns and powerful insights that have brought us this far; they are also the elements needed to truly help us build the BRIDGE between the Latino online and offline worlds. Our recent invitation to the White House and Thursday’s chat are just the latest manifestation of the power YOU bring to the table.
Please enjoy the Transcript of our LATISM chat with the White House Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics on May 26th, 2011 and share it with everyone around you. A full report of this chat has been forwarded to the commission, and I’d like to extend an invitation to all of you to join us as this new partnership continues to evolve and grow. Stay tuned this week for more exciting announcements regarding our support of education and the White House Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.
Of course, if you get any other ideas, please add your comments and ideas below. Don’t forget to follow the commission on Twitter @HispanicEd and under the #HispanicEd hashtag.
From our heart, we’d like to thank all of you for joining our chats every week, for supporting our initiatives, for giving a voice to the most essential issues for our community.
Onwards and Upwards, mi gente – Never doubt for even a moment: Our voices are being heard!!