• June 24th, 2024
  • Monday, 06:11:06 AM

Reps. Grijalva, Castro and Congressional Hispanic Caucus Release Higher Education Priorities

Matt Vinnola (center) sits with his mother, Janet van der Laak, and stepfather, Onne van der Laak, at the van der Laaks’ Denver apartment on July 25, 2019. Vinnola had recently come home after spending a week on the streets of Denver. (LJ Dawson for KHN)

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Education and Labor Taskforce Chair Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chair Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) released the CHC Higher Education Priorities for the upcoming reauthorization of the Higher Education Act on October 1.

“Hispanic students are the future of this country and deserve a quality education system that affords them every opportunity to pursue their dreams and succeed,” said Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva. “A college degree is one of the best indicators of future success, yet for many students this remains unattainable. These CHC Education Priorities represent our commitment to continue investing in the success of our students and ensure that the institutions that serve them have the resources, programs, and guidance to mold the successful leaders of the future.”

“A college degree is one of the best indicators of future success, yet for many students this remains unattainable.”
Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva

The priorities reflect the commitment of the CHC to address the systemic inequities and educational needs of Hispanic students, including college affordability, and reaffirm their support for Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) and Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs).

“Hispanic students should have a strong education system that serves their needs and considers the structural inequities that have historically held our communities back. CHC’s Priorities will help ensure equal opportunity and equal access to a quality higher education for all students,” said Chairman Castro. “These priorities will ensure that Hispanic students are competitive across the workforce, and give them the tools they need to become leaders in the sciences, technology, engineering, arts, and math fields. By working together, we can improve the Higher Education Act and ensure that every student has the Infrastructure of Opportunity they need to succeed.”

The CHC Higher Education Priorities can be found here.