To commemorate the conclusion of Hispanic Heritage Month and the 25th anniversary of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, a reception is being held today at the White House.
Co-publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine Lenore Pearlstein will be in attendance as a guest of Dr. Damon A. Williams, senior vice president of program, training, and youth development services and chief education officer with Boys and Girls Clubs of America.
Hispanic Heritage Month runs Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 and celebrates the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans, as well as their culture and heritage.
The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, originally established in 1990 by President George H.W. Bush to address the educational disparities faced by the Hispanic community, was renewed by President Barack Obama in 2010 to continue to address these disparities and increase access to education for Hispanics.
“America’s Hispanic community has woven unique threads into the diverse fabric of our country and played an important role in shaping our national character as a people of limitless possibility,” Obama said in a statement. “This month, let us honor their distinct heritage while reaffirming our commitment to enabling them to build a future bright with hope and opportunity for themselves, their families, and the country we love.”
The White House will conclude Hispanic Heritage Month today by celebrating its continued commitment to achieving educational excellence for Hispanics, with Obama scheduled to deliver remarks.
The event will feature a Cuban-based band, the Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, marking the first time a Cuban band has performed at the White House in over 50 years. Cuban President Raul Castro is also expected to be in attendance.
With the conclusion of Hispanic Heritage Month, the White House is launching the #LatinosAchieve online campaign. It’s purpose is to highlight Latinos’ achievements and inspire a positive narrative on Latino contributions, “while recognizing [that] educational achievement and progress are inextricably linked with the nation’s success,” the initiative’s website states.
To learn more about the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, visit sites.ed.gov/hispanic-initiative.