Dr. Luis Ponjuan, associate professor of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development, was recently invited to the White House to participate in a roundtable discussion on the opportunities and challenges for increasing educational achievement and other life outcomes for young Hispanic males.
Hispanics make up the largest, youngest, and fastest-growing minority group in American schools, including at the university level. The roundtable discussion initiative seeks to create a strong educational, social, and economic foundation for young Hispanic males in order to remain globally competitive.
According to the White House Initiative on Education Excellence for Hispanics, progress has been made in some areas. However, Hispanic males are disproportionately represented in the lowest wage jobs, and have a higher unemployment rate than their white peers. Ponjuan was invited to attend the roundtable discussion to find solutions and ways to dedicate more attention and resources to these issues, and to ensure that young Latinos are able to achieve their full potential in education and other areas and, ultimately help strengthen the nation.
Ponjuan attended the roundtable discussion in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of the White House, in Washington DC, Friday, January 10. Ponjuan's participation in the discussion is a step in closing gaps and bringing progress to the country.
On February 12, Ponjuan will provide the keynote address during the "Black, Brown, and College Bound" conference in Tampa. Ponjuan's presentation will address educational equity and access to higher education and the key elements of mentoring.
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