Originally established in 1990, the White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics (Initiative) was re-established in 2021 through executive order by President Joe Biden, who expanded the Initiative’s scope to center on advancing educational equity and economic opportunity for Latino and Hispanic students, families, and communities. The nation’s future prosperity and global leadership across sectors is intrinsically tied to the success of Hispanic and Latino students, and their success is a priority of this Administration.

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Conversaciones con Líderes:  Afro-Latino Excellence in Higher Education  

Conversaciones con Lideres: Afro-Latino Excellence in Higher Education

Wednesday, February 28, 2024 

3 P.M. ET/12 P.M. PT 

Register:  https://shorturl.at/dJKN5  

Join the White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics to hear from trailblazing Afro-Latino leaders as they share their inspiring stories and their efforts in advancing equity in higher education. 


  • Melody Gonzales, Executive Director, White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics
  • Johanny Adames, Press Secretary for Higher Education, U.S. Department of Education 
  • Dr. Pedro Noguera, Dean, Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California. Commissioner, President’s Advisory Commission on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics 
  • Dr. Nancy López, Professor, Director and Co-founder of Institute for Study of “Race” & Social Justice, University of New Mexico. Co-Chair, Education Subcommittee, NM Governor’s Advisory Council for Racial Justice   
  • Dr. Eddie Fergus, Professor of Urban Education, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University – Newark 
  • Dania Matos, Vice Chancellor for the Division of Equity & Inclusion, University of California, Berkeley
  • Enrique Noguera, Assistant Dean for the Educational Opportunity Fund and the Men of Color Success Initiative, Passaic County Community College 

Learn more about the speakers.

2024-25 FAFSA Resources

The 2024–25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form is now available.

Following are examples of resources to help you complete the 2024-25 FAFSA form:

Follow Federal Student Aid on social media for resources and announcements.

 Designation of Eligible Institutions under Titles III and V for Fiscal Year 2024

The U.S. Department of Education has begun the process for the designation of eligible institutions under Titles III and V for FY 2024. Applications for eligibility and waivers are due on February 27th. You can get more information in the Federal Register posting, or on the Office of Postsecondary Education’s Institutional Service eligibility page.

President’s Advisory Commission on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics Meeting, January 26, 2024

President's Advisory Commission Meeting with 3 Cabinet Secretaries

On Friday, January 26th, the White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics convened a meeting of the President’s Advisory Commission on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics (Commission) at the U.S. Department of Commerce Herbert Clark Hoover Building in Washington, D.C.

Read the commission meeting agenda and speakers bios

We encourage you to share your ideas on what the Commission should consider as they are preparing their recommendations. To submit your public comment, you may email your comments and attachments to WhiteHouseHispanicInitiative@ed.gov with the subject line: “Written Comments: Public Comment.” Please include your full name, title, organization, mailing address, email address, and telephone number.

“Being Bilingual is a Superpower” Initiative

Bilingual is a Superpower Initiative

“Teachers: Leaders Shaping Lives” Campaign

Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Serving Institutions Week

National Hispanic Serving Institutions Week

SAVE Plan Now Accepting Applications


The Biden-Harris Administration launched the most affordable repayment plan – the Saving on a Valuable Education (SAVE) plan and kicked off an outreach campaign to encourage eligible borrowers to sign up for the plan. The SAVE plan will cut many borrowers’ monthly payments to zero, will save other borrowers around $1,000 per year, will prevent balances from growing because of unpaid interest, and will get more borrowers closer to forgiveness faster. The Biden-Harris Administration estimates that over 20 million borrowers could benefit from the SAVE plan. On average, under the SAVE Plan, Black, Hispanic, American Indian and Alaska Native borrowers will see their total lifetime payments per dollar borrowed cut in half.

SAVE Plan Spanish

¡Las solicitudes para el programa SAVE están abiertas! El plan SAVE es el plan de pago de préstamos estudiantiles más asequible que existe y reducirá los pagos mensuales de millones de personas con préstamos estudiantiles. Aplica ya: StudentAid.gov/SAVE

New Federal Resources

U.S. Department of Education’s Tools to Tackle Antisemitism, Islamophobia, and Related Forms of Discrimination and Bias

U.S. Department of Education’s Strategies for Increasing Diversity and Opportunity in Higher Education

U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights Resource on Race and School Programming

U.S. Departments of Education and Justice Joint Resources to Advance Diversity and Opportunity in Higher Education

U.S. Departments of Education and Justice Joint Fact Sheets on Protecting Access to Education for Migratory and Unaccompanied Children

U.S. Department of Education’s Newcomer Toolkit

U.S. Department of Education‘s Toolkit on Creating Inclusive and Nondiscriminatory School Environments for LGBTQI+ Students

U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights’ Fact Sheet: Ensuring Meaningful Participation in Advanced Coursework and Specialized Programs for Students who are English Learners (Spanish)

U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Fact Sheet Detailing Investments in the Economic Future of Latino Communities

Responding to Supreme Court Rulings:

Affirmative Action

Student Loan Debt Relief

Peer Review Opportunities with the U.S. Department of Education

Peer Review Opportunity with the U.S. Department of EducationFlier

The U.S. Department of Education announces opportunities for individuals to participate in its peer review process for competitive grant funding under the programs administered by the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE); Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE); Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA); Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE); and Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS).Requests to serve as a peer reviewer for fiscal year 2023 will be accepted on an ongoing basis, aligned with this year’s grant competition schedule. Requests to serve as a peer reviewer should be submitted at least four weeks prior to the program’s application deadline noted on the Department’s website under “Forecast of Funding Opportunities” at www2.ed.gov/​fund/​grant/​find/​edlite-forecast.html.

Watch the White House Women’s History Month Roundtable Recording 

White House Women's History Month Roundtable

On Tuesday, March 21, the White House hosted a special virtual roundtable moderated by White House Senior Adviser to the President and Director of Public Engagement, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. The roundtable featured Assistant to the President and Director of the Gender Policy Council Jennifer Klein and the Executive Directors of the White House Initiatives. These leaders shared their journeys into leadership and updates on how they are advancing equity in their communities and uplifting women’s leadership.

Watch the recording: https://youtube.com/live/6yeBoLobGhA

Raise the Bar: Lead the World

Raise the Bar Lead the World Priorities

Secretary Cardona laid out his vision for the direction the U.S. Department of Education will follow in 2023 to promote academic excellence, improve learning conditions, and prepare our students for a world where global engagement is critical to our nation’s standing.

White House Hispanic Initiative Public Engagement Programs

Learn about the White House Hispanic Initiative’s public engagement programs to share Biden-Harris Administration programs and initiatives.

U.S. Department of Education Nationwide Call for Student Performing Artists

The U.S. Department of Education is seeking student performing artists (such as bands/marching bands, choirs, color guards, dancers, drumlines, poets/spoken word artists, soloists, theatrical performers) currently enrolled in institutions of elementary, secondary, or post-secondary education or accredited trade schools, who exemplify resilience, diversity, and excellence and are interested in showcasing their talent, virtually or in-person, at internal and external Department-hosted events, as well as awards and recognition ceremonies, and professional development trainings that support the Department’s programs, priorities, and initiatives and social media campaigns. No formal training or experience is necessary.

Please utilize this link for additional information that includes Frequently Asked Questions, submission instructions, and other related guidance.

If someone requires a reasonable accommodation to complete a submission and/or answer any related questions, please direct them to email studentart@ed.gov.

Advancing Educational Equity

Learn more about these initiatives that support the U.S. Department of Education’s efforts to advance educational equity.

Follow the U.S. Department of Education and Secretary Cardona on Social Media

U.S. Department of Education:

Secretary Cardona