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VIRGINIA BEACH, VA, June 4, 2009 — The Educational Policy Institute (EPI) honored Dr. Antonio Flores, President of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, with the EPI Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's International Conference on Student Retention, Retention 2009, on May 28 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
EPI President Watson Scott Swail with 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Antonio Flores
Mr. Flores is the President and CEO of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). Established in 1986, HACU is a national organization that represents nearly 450 colleges and universities that collectively serve two-thirds of the more than 2 million Hispanic students in US higher education across 36 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Flores has served as a champion of Hispanic issues and has helped propel the growing number of Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) to meet the needs of the 21st century workforce.
Prior to his position at HACU, Flores served as director of programs and services for the Michigan Higher Education Assistance Authority and the Michigan Higher Education Student Loan Authority.
During his keynote address at Retention 2009 on May 28th, Flores highlighted the growing size of the Hispanic population in the US, reporting that, 2050, more than one-in-four of the US population will be Hispanic. Despite this growing population, he added, few teachers in K-12 schools are Hispanic. Through his speech, he described HACU’s current legislative agenda, which includes support for the enactment of the DREAM Act, which would permit states to determine state residency for higher education purposes and to authorize the cancellation of removal and adjustment of status of certain alien students who are long-term United States residents. Other issues raised by Dr. Flores included Title V appropriations for Hispanic-serving institutions, including a first-time $100 million appropriation for graduate education support.
"Dr. Flores stands as an example of putting thoughts into action," said EPI President & CEO Dr. Watson Scott Swail. "He continues to stand tall not only for Hispanic students and institutions, but for all students, especially those who are historically underrepresented in higher education. He is a most deserved recipient of the EPI 2009 Achievement Award."
Past awardees include Reg Weaver, former President of the National Education Association, and Clifford Adelman of the Institute for Higher Education Policy.
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