Univision Presents ¡Edúcate, Es El Momento! Education Week Town Hall, “Today Is The Future”


I received this information and thought this was great so I had to share for those of you who may be interested! Univision announced its 2013 Education Week Town Hall “Today is the Future” in partnership with my alma mater UCLA for a one-hour meeting to increase awareness about the urgency and value of Latino education in America. The meeting will be hosted by award-winning journalist Jorge Ramos.

“Today is the Future” will broadcast nationally on Univision on Saturday, October 5 at 3:50 p.m. ET (2:50 p.m. CT, 11 a.m. PT). An hour-long webcast will also be streamed live in English and available on Friday, October 4 accessible via www.eselmomento.com.


“Hispanics are shaping the future of this country and it’s vital that we take an active role in ensuring their success by underscoring the importance of education by partnering with higher education institutions such as UCLA,” said senior vice president of administration and executive producer of education week at Univision Communications Inc., Fabrizio Alcobe. “With a school age population that is 52% Latino, California is the beta test for increasing Hispanic educational attainment. How it tackles this challenge will set the standard for the rest of the nation.”

The special will explore the potential young Latinos have to unlock endless opportunities that contribute to the nation and highlight action steps needed to increase Latino educational attainment. Jorge Ramos will moderate an in-depth conversation between top educators, policymakers and community leaders, who will address audience and viewer questions via social media channels, in efforts to create awareness in our community to foster academic achievement and college-ready Latino youth.

Moderated by Jorge Ramos, the town hall meeting will feature an expert panel including:
· Marcelo Suarez Orozco, UCLA Host & Dean of Education,
· Antonio Flores, President/CEO, Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities,
· Michele Siqueiros, Executive Director, Campaign for College Opportunities,
· Alejandra Ceja, Executive Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics,
· Dr. Ana Guzman, President, Santa Fe Community College,
· Superintendent John Deasy, Superintendent of LAUSD,
· Glenn Llopis, Founder of the Center for Hispanic Leadership,
· Mark Hugo Lopez, Director of Hispanic Research, Pew Research, and participation of
· Eva Longoria, Actor & Founder/President, Eva Longoria Foundation.

As the debate on how to improve the U.S. educational system rages on, the nation stands at a critical crossroad. 1 in 4 students enrolled in public schools today are Hispanic, and in states like California and Texas, where their numbers are over 50% of the school age population, they are a majority. Obtaining a meaningful, high-quality education is more important than ever before, as today’s economy depends on highly trained and educated individuals. This one hour town-hall meeting brings thought provoking discussion of the urgency of Latino education in America to the forefront.

The Education Town Hall will take place at UCLA, one of the country’s most applied-to and prestigious universities, situated in the heart of a rapidly transforming LA area, with the generous support from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Bezos Family Foundation, California Community Foundation, Lumina Foundation, Marguerite Casey Foundation, and UCLA.

Parents, students and teachers can also connect with the “Es el momento” community on Twitter @eselmomento and on Facebook at Facebook.com/eselmomento.

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