Senator Martins Moderates Roundtable Dicussion on Education at Unidad Latina Legislative Conference

October 24, 2011

Senator Jack M. Martins moderated a roundtable discussion entitled, "Our Future Depends on It: Increasing Latino College Success," at the Unidad Latina Legislative Conference in New York City.

Now more than ever, we must invest in increasing Latino college graduation rates as a means of stimulating long-term and sustainable community wealth and development. The panel discussed some of the challenges our youth face on their way to college, and identify programs and strategies that support and accelerate Latino college persistence and completion.

The panelists were:

Frank Sánchez, Ph.D. Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, City University of New York

Lillian Rodríguez López, President, Hispanic Federation

Frances Lucerna, Executive Director, El Puente Academy

Carlos Medina, Associate Provost & Associate Vice Chancellor, Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, State University of New York

Jay Hershenson, Senior Vice Chancellor for University Relations and Secretary of the Board of Trustees, CUNY

Dr. William Martinov, Executive Dean for Student Engagement at Mercy College.

The panel discussed the following questions:

For Latino youth, why is it especially important that they pursue a college education?

Would increasing the interaction between high schools with higher Hispanic populations and higher education institutions help to promote the college enrollment rates of those youth?