Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Abriendo Puertas II on April 29 at Lipscomb: forum on Latino access to education

National expert keynotes gathering on state and federal policies affecting access to college education and local best practices

Dr. Stella Flores, nationally known expert on the impact of state and federal policies on college access and completion for low-income and underrepresented populations, will keynote Lipscomb University’s second annual Hispanic Forum, Thursday, April 29, from 8-11:30 a.m. in the Ezell Center.

Abriendo Puertas (Opening DoorsII will focus exclusively on education access and opportunities for Latino youth.

Following Nashville’s 2009 English-only referendum, Lipscomb inaugurated this “conversation of significance” to bring together leaders from business, government, education, health care, advocacy and nonprofit organizations to find common ground on the challenges facing Nashville’s growing Hispanic community. More than 100 Middle Tennessee Hispanic and community leaders engaged in deliberate dialogue about Nashville’s future as a multicultural city.

The 2010 Hispanic Forum builds on last year’s forum and on the work of La Sangre Llama, YMCA Latino Achievers and State Farm Insurance, who all partnered with Lipscomb in February to launch a new mentoring program for Latino youth in Nashville.

Flores, assistant professor of public policy and higher education at Vanderbilt University, has written on the role of alternative admissions plans and financial aid programs in college admissions; demographic changes in higher education; the role of the Hispanic-serving institutions in U.S. higher education policy; and Latino students and community colleges. Her publications include Legacies of Brown: Multiracial Equity in American Education and Latino Educational Opportunity.

Before coming to Vanderbilt, she worked as a program evaluator for the U.S. Government Accountability Office and as a program specialist for the Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Abriendo Puertas will also feature a panel discussion and table talk about the realities and the best practices for improving educational opportunities and access for Latino youth.

The forum is an invitation-only event. If you are interested in participating, contact the Lipscomb University College of Education at 615.966.5061.

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