Public Affairs

Es El Momento and HACU Highlight Educational Opportunities for Hispanics

October 18, 2012

Es El Momento at CSU Dominguez Hills on October 13, 2012The California State University and Univision Los Angeles partnered to bring Es el Momento (The Moment is Now) to Cal State Dominguez Hills on October 13. Now in its fourth year, Es el Momento featured workshops and activities that helped educate more than 35,000 attendees about the importance of education.

At this year’s education fair, the Mexican Consulate, Molina Healthcare Foundation and Edward James Olmos Latino Book Fair donated approximately 70,000 textbooks, literary books and story books to attendees.

More than 400 volunteers and 100 community partners, school districts and universities throughout southern California provided information to the predominantly Spanish-speaking parents about how to get to college. Seventeen CSU campuses participated and shared with families the steps and requirements needed to be admitted into a CSU.

dddThe event brought together political leaders and Univision personalities to provide resources and perform hands-on activities with children, students and parents. Throughout the day, families learned about financial aid, scholarships, and how to plan for an education through informational workshops.

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) is also highlighting the achievements of several CSU leaders who have made a difference in helping Hispanic students pursue a college degree during HACU’s 2012 Annual Conference on October 22. Chancellor Charles B. Reed will be honored with a Lifelong Leadership Award for his commitment and leadership in developing Hispanic-serving institutions. His dedication to transforming HSIs has led to 14 out of 23 CSU campuses designed as Hispanic Serving Institutions. 

Silas H. Abrego, CSU Fullerton emeritus vice president for student affairs, will be honored with a Pioneer Award for his 20-year support of HACU and his long-time fight for access and equal opportunities for first-generation, low-income and underrepresented students.

Tomás A. Arciniega, who served as president of CSU Bakersfield from 1983 to 2004, will be inducted into HACU’s Hall of Champions. As the longest-serving member of the HACU Governing Board, Arciniega helped build HACU’s membership to more than 400 colleges and universities serving the largest concentrations of Hispanic higher education students in 26 states and Puerto Rico.