National Hispanic Education Summit Held at Nyack NYC

The Eighth Annual National Hispanic Education Summit and the Ninth Annual Nyack Scholars Symposium took place on both New York campuses of Nyack College in November. This joint venture was sponsored by Nyack College’s Center for Scholarship and Global Engagement (CSGE), which is directed by Dr. Vilma "Nina" Balmaceda and the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference’s (NHCLC) Faith and Education Coalition, directed by Dr. Andrea Ramirez. The theme of the two-day gathering was “In Search of Accountability in Closing Educational Gaps.”

The opening plenary session featured Dr. Balmaceda, CSGE director on “Seeking equity in education as part of the biblical imperative to do justice.” Thursday’s plenary speakers were Mr. Jer Swigart, founder of The Global Immersion Project, and Ms. Nohemi Hernandez, a college student majoring in communications. They addressed the topic, “Mending the Divides: Creative Love in a Conflicted World.” The closing plenary session with Dr. Irvin Scott, senior lecturer on education at Harvard University, explored “A Macro-View of Education Equity and Predictions of Hispanic Educational Outcomes.”

Workshops and breakout sessions included topics such as “Hispanic Students and College Graduation: A Four-year Game Plan;” “Equipping Church Leaders: Raising Highly Capable Kids;” “Teachers as Culturally Proactive Agents Through Cycles of Self-Regulation;” “Latino Doctoral Students in Counseling Programs: Navigating Professional Identity Within a Predominately White American Profession;” “Structural Constraints Limiting Latino Students;” College Recruiting and Admissions;” and The Role of ‘Institutional Agents’ in the College Choice Process for Latino(a) Students.”