The White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics (Initiative) was re-established in 2021 by President Joe Biden. The Initiative was originally established by President George H.W. Bush in 1990 to address the educational disparities faced by the Hispanic community.

The Initiative’s scope was expanded to advance educational equity and economic opportunity for Latino and Hispanic students, families, and communities. The Nation’s future prosperity and global leadership across industries is intrinsically tied to the success of Hispanic and Latino students, and their success is a priority of this Administration.


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Agenda and Summit Details

Media Advisory

On Thursday, June 23rd at 9:30 a.m. CDT, the White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics and the Aspen Institute will host a White House Initiative Latino Economic Summit in Chicago, with the participation of the White House and federal agencies including: the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Transportation, and U.S. Small Business Administration.


Resources in Response to the Robb Elementary School Shooting in Uvalde, TX

We are heartbroken over the senseless act of violence perpetuated by a gunman at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, TX. We mourn with the families of the educators, young students and families in the Uvalde community whose lives are now devastated. We share in the grief, anger, fear, and sadness that many families, teachers, and students in our Hispanic community are feeling across the country over another senseless school shooting — and one that struck a community that is predominately Hispanic. To provide assistance to our community in the aftermath of this tragedy, we have compiled English and Spanish language resources from federal agencies and community partners.

Read our webpage containing English and Spanish language resources to support our community during this crisis.


White House Equity Action Plans

On Thursday, April 14, the White House hosted a virtual convening on equity and more than 90 federal agencies—including all Cabinet-level agencies—released their first-ever Equity Action Plans, as called for in President Biden’s historic Executive Order on Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government.  These Equity Action Plans will expand federal investment and support in communities who have been locked out of opportunity for too long, including communities of color, Tribal communities, territorial communities, rural communities, LGBTQI+ communities, disability communities, communities of faith, women and girls, and communities impacted by persistent poverty. 

Read the Equity Action Plans

View the recording of the White House Convening on Equity


Federal Student Aid

If you are planning on attending college or if you are a current college student, complete the FAFSA® form 

Biden-Harris Administration Extends Student Loan Pause Through August 31

Learn about the limited Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program waiver and how to apply if you are eligible


César Chávez Day Teach-In: 

Lessons from Federal Leaders Supporting Migrant Youth & Families 

Thursday, March 31 

2:00-3:00 P.M. ET 

This César Chávez Day, join the White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics in an online event  celebrating the life and legacy of César Chávez and the farmworkers movement.  

The César Chávez Day Teach-In will take place on Thursday, March 31, from 2:00-3:00 P.M. ET. The virtual teach-in will feature remarks from César Chávez’s grand-daughter now working in the White House, Julie Chávez Rodriguez, as well as Administration leaders sharing personal stories as to how they’re working to support migrant youth and their families. You’ll also learn about federal resources and programs aimed at supporting migrant students and families. 

Speakers include: 

  • Julie Chávez Rodriguez, Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, The White House  
  • Melody Gonzales, Executive Director, White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics
  • Amanda Aguirre, Senior Advisor, White House Council on Environmental Quality   
  • Andrea Delgado, Chief of Staff for Natural Resources and Environment, U.S. Department of Agriculture 
  • Dr. Bernadine Futrell, Director of the Office of Head Start, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 
  • Dr. Lisa Ramirez, Director of the Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Tara Ramsey, Director of Migrant Education, U.S. Department of Education

Read the presidential proclamation on César Chávez Day, 2022.


 

The White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics is partnering with the Aspen Institute to jointly host forums in several cities across the country. Titled White House Initiative Latino Economic Summits, the regional forums will highlight the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to advancing equity and economic empowerment and connect local Latino community members directly with federal leaders and resources.

Read the press release announcing the White House Initiative Latino Economic Summits

March 22 – White House Initiative Latino Economic Summit at San Antonio – University of Texas at San Antonio

March 26 – White House Initiative Latino Economic Summit at Denver – Community College of Denver


President’s FY 2023 Budget Request

On March 28, the Biden-Harris Administration  submitted to Congress the President’s Budget for fiscal year 2023. The President’s Budget details his vision to expand on the historic progress our country has made over the last year and deliver the agenda he laid out in his State of the Union address—to build a better America, reduce the deficit, reduce costs for families, and grow the economy from the bottom up and middle out.


President Biden’s State of the Union Address

On March 1, President Biden delivered his State of the Union Address. Visit WH.gov/sotu to read his remarks and view the speech. In addition, you may view the speech on YouTube: President Biden’s First State of the Union (subtítulos en español)


Secretary Cardona's Priorities

Learn about Secretary Cardona’s priorities & vision for education (Spanish)—an opportunity to invest in & improve our education system, ensuring all students & educators can succeed & thrive.


COVID-19 Resources in Spanish for Families


Executive Order on White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics


Safer Schools and Campuses Best Practices Clearinghouse: Resources on innovative, evidence-based, or solutions-oriented approaches to school reopening


Explore the College Scorecard.

Students can find information that is more customized to them including information about how much money they might earn based on what they choose to study.

They can even compare up to 10 schools at a time.


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