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Media Advisory: Salem State University to Host Inaugural Hispanic and Minority Serving Institution Conference on July 18-19, 2024

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Keynote speakers are Deborah A. Santiago, Co-founder and CEO of Excelencia in Education and Gina Ann Garcia, PhD, an author and professor in the School of Education at UC Berkeley

WHAT:     This conference will bring together Hispanic Serving Institutions, Minority Serving Institutions and emerging Hispanic Serving Institutions to build community and increase capacity to intentionally serve this student population with the intent to close equity gaps and create a higher educational environment where all students can thrive. Participants will learn from local and national experts about the growing Latino/a/e/x population and the importance of Hispanic and Minority Serving Institutions in New England.

Participants will hear from and network with educational, government and policy leaders, scholars, students, and community practitioners. They will also engage in workshops to reduce equity gaps to help all students thrive and amplify student and community cultural wealth.

Engage in workshops focused on how to reduce equity gaps, help all students thrive and amplify student’s and community’s cultural wealth.

WHEN:   Thursday, July 18 – Friday, July 19, 2024.

WHERE:  Sophia Gordon Theater, Salem State University, 352 Lafayette Street, Salem, MA, and other campus locations.


July 18 keynote speaker is: Deborah A. Santiago, Co-founder and CEO, Excelencia in Education and her talk is titled “From Ideas to Action: Intentionally Serving Today’s Latino Students”.

July 19 keynote speaker is: Gina Ann Garcia, PhD, a professor in the School of Education at UC Berkeley and author of multiple books on this topic, will discuss how Hispanic Serving Institutions embrace and enact an organizational identity for service minoritized populations.

The Inaugural Hispanic and  Minority Serving Institution Conference is organized by Bunker Hill Community College, Holyoke Community College, MassBay Community College, and Salem State University.

Salem State University is an emerging Hispanic and Minority Serving Institution and is recognized as the Commonwealth’s Civic Engagement University.

The conference is funded by the Healey-Driscoll Administration through the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) grant program in support of collaborative projects that advance racial equity.

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About Salem State University

Known as the Commonwealth’s civic engagement university, Salem State University, established in 1854, is a comprehensive, public institution of higher learning located approximately 15 miles north of Boston, Massachusetts. One of the largest state universities in the Commonwealth, Salem State enrolls about 6,500 undergraduate and graduate students. It offers 32 undergraduate programs and graduate programs that offer degrees in 24 fields. The university also has a continuing education division that offers both credit and non-credit programs. Salem State proudly participates in the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement and has shown a student voting rate above the national average, earning it a Silver Seal from the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge. In 2020, Salem State received Carnegie Community Engagement Classification. The university is designated a Best for Vets College by Military Times.   

Corey Cronin
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