VP Veronica Gonzales to represent UTRGV at HACU annual conference

VP Veronica Gonzales to represent UTRGV at HACU annual conference

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – OCT. 25, 2017 – Veronica Gonzales, vice president for Governmental and Community Relations at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, will be a presenter at the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities’ 31st annual conference at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront in San Diego, CA.

The conference will be Oct. 28-30; the theme this year is “Championing Hispanic Higher Education Success: Driving America’s Prosperity.”

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) represents more than 470 colleges and universities committed to Hispanic higher education success in the United States, Puerto Rico, Latin America and Spain.

HACU is the only national educational association that represents Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs).

“I am honored to be a presenter at the HACU conference and to represent UTRGV,” Gonzales said. “I look forward to sharing UTRGV’s story and message with the thousands of delegates who will be in attendance.

“As a Hispanic-Serving Institution, UTRGV is proud to work with HACU and committed to the success of Hispanics in higher education,” she said.

Gonzales will be on the Advocacy and Policy panel, entitled “HACU Advocacy Needs New Recruits.” The session, for both beginners and experts, will highlight the importance of engaging with elected officials to advance Hispanic-Serving Institution priorities.

The HACU conference will feature more than 50 workshops under six tracks, with several workshops highlighting projects at colleges and universities focused on enhancing the success students, faculty and administrators, as well as the higher education institution itself. The conference provides a unique forum for the sharing of information and ideas for the best and most promising practices in the education of Hispanics.

The sessions also address other issues of importance to Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), such as study abroad, STEM, grant writing, federal funding opportunities, and best practices from HSIs, emerging HSIs, Hispanic-Serving School Districts, and institutions and organizations dedicated to serving Hispanic and other minority student populations.

A Student Track is regularly offered at the annual conference as a three-day career development and networking symposium, designed to build the career skills of undergraduate students. More than 400 students attend panel presentations, workshops, luncheons and a town hall meeting, and meet with conference exhibitors and recruiters each year.


HACU is the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.  HACU was established in 1986 with a founding membership of eighteen institutions. With more than 470 colleges and universities, HACU is committed to Hispanic higher education success. To learn more about HACU, visit https://www.hacu.net/hacu/default.asp


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