Dare I say it, the search for progress, for better life conditions, is almost as part of the human DNA as the need for food and shelter. Thus, the idea of sending your kids to college (or attending it yourself) is undoubtedly a huge social motivator. The promises of obtaining a college degree, although unwarranted, are attractive enough to make it part of the so-called ‘American Dream’.
That is certainly the case for the Latino population living in this country. At a time when so much is at play for our community, attaining an education seems to be the one proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. Yet despite recent statistics gathered by a PEW Hispanic Research report that indicate a surge in Latino college enrollment (citing 12.2 million Latinos enrolled in college by October of last year), the reality is, there is still a huge segment of the population for whom higher education is, unfortunately, not a reachable dream.
Given that this week is Univision’s National Education Week, and that this topic is so central to LATISM’s mission and our upcoming LATISM ’11 Conference, we couldn’t miss the opportunity to discuss the topic and brainstorm about ideas to solve this issue. Our members (YOU!) have always been outspoken advocates for education, as evident from our previous chats about it, as well as our recent TownHall with US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and the White House Initiative on Educational Excelence for Hispanics.
Tonight, we’re partnering with our friends at Univision: As part of their ongoing commitment to education with their initiative Es el momento, the company kicked off their education week on Oct. 16, ¡Edúcate! Es El Momento – a nationwide call to action effort that includes special programming and reports, workshops and phone banks, as welll as a TownHall with Sec. of Education Arne Duncan, Sec. of Labor Hilda Solis, Fernando M. Reimers, Director of Global Education and International Educational Policy at Harvard and Eduardo Padrón, Miami Dade College President. Univision also launched a new Univision scholarship program for Latinos “Becas Univision.”
We’ll be chatting about Univision’s Es El Momento campaign as well as sharing links to posts from some of the most outspoken voices in the Latino Blogosphere: Educators, Parents, Professionals and concerned citizens from our very own LATISM familia!
Come share your tips, ideas, resources and great insights as we discuss:
- How can the higher-ed system become more efficient, effective and productive?
- What are some of the policies that we must consider to effectively address the American education crisis?
- How do we grow Latino interest/achievement in STEM (Science/Tech/Engineering/Math) areas?
- What alternatives are there out there for parents or individuals looking to further their kids/their own education?
- How can we as parents, mentors, role models do more to help further Hispanic educational attainment?
ABOUT UNIVISION’S ES EL MOMENTO:
Es el momento, launched in February 2010, is Univision’s comprehensive, multi-platform, national education initiative aimed at improving academic achievement among K-12 Hispanic students. The initiative focuses on college readiness, high school and college completion, as well as engaging Hispanic parents and the broader community. This effort is conducted in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, community, education and civil rights groups from around the country. Other partners include ASPIRA, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, The College Board and NASA. As the premier media company serving the U.S. Hispanic community, Univision’s mission is to inform, entertain and empower Hispanics. Es el momento builds on Univision’s legacy of supporting the community through the creation of initiatives on issues affecting them, including education, health and civic engagement.
Univision is a LATISM’s Sponsor. LATISM is a non-profit organization. The generous support of our sponsors and partners helps LATISM organize and fund our scholarships, educational events, conferences and other programs throughout the year.