Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley Answers White House Commitment to Action

Oct 15, 2015:



For Immediate Release

October 15, 2015

 

Contact:

Ron Gonzales, President & CEO, Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley

rgonzales@hfsv.org; (408) 216-7643

 

Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley Answers White House Commitment to Action

 

The Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley (HFSV) is proud to join President Obama and nearly 150 public and private sector organizations who answered the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics’ 25th anniversary “Commitment to Action”.

The HFSV answered the “Commitment to Action” with its The Latinos in STEM Initiative which agrees to implement and/or expand its Latino student and parent STEM initiatives over the next five years. This will include expanding the HFSV’s current middle school math and parent education academies and implementing its new Latinos in Technology Scholarship Initiative and Family College Success Center.  The HFSV also committed to raising $8 million to implement the initiative which will impact over 10,000 Latinos and their families.

The announcement was made by President Obama on Thursday, October 15, 2015 in Washington, D.C.

On October 2014, the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics launched a Year of Action, and with it a national call for “Commitment to Action” in honor of its 25th anniversary. In the spirit of what President Obama calls a “shared responsibility,” the Initiative challenged the public and private sectors to make meaningful and quantifiable contributions to expand and support the educational outcomes and opportunities for the Latino community. On October 15, 2015, on the culmination of the 2015 Hispanic Heritage Month, the President is announcing 150 Commitments to Action with a collective investment of nearly $340 million which will build on, and accelerate federal, state, and local investments in high-quality education, from cradle-to-career for the nation’s Latino community.

 

“It is an honor to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and the Initiative’s 25th anniversary with the release of nearly 150 commitments to action that will help strengthen the educational outcomes and opportunities for the Hispanic community from cradle-to-career. These commitments will bring critical resources to Latino students and families across this country, are examples of meaningful investments being made in support of the largest, youngest and arguably the fastest growing minority community in the country and will help fulfill America’s future” said Alejandra Ceja, Executive Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

“Our Foundation is committed to improving the quality of life for Silicon Valley Latinos and the region as a whole.  The best way to do that is to achieve greater Latino student academic excellence.  We were pleased to join many organizations across our nation who recognized by President Obama for making the commitment to action”, said Ron Gonzales, President & CEO of the HFSV.  Gonzales and HFSV Education Program Manager, Julian Cuevas, attended a private reception at the White House which gathered the other organizations who also made a similar “Commitment to Action”.

About the White Commitment to Action Initiative

To learn more about the Initiative and to view the full list of Commitments to Action visit www.ed.gov/HispanicInitiative. A PDF list and online catalog will include an overview of each Commitment but does not include the Commitment proposals. Therefore, we encourage you to post it on your home page along with this website content.

About the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley

The Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley (HFSV) cultivates philanthropy and inspires Hispanic children and families to achieve personal greatness.  The HFSV engages leadership and bridges resources to invest in a thriving Hispanic community.  Resources are directed toward educational excellence, leadership development, research, and convening and engaging the Hispanic community to improve the quality of life for Latinos and the Silicon Valley region.  For more information about the HFSV visit their website: www.hfsv.org.