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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César Chávez Day Conversaciones con Líderes Series: Advancing Equity, Excellence and Migrant Rights

Friday, March 31 at 3:00 P.M. ET/12:00 P.M. PT

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Cesar Chavez Day 2023 webinar

The White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics invites you to join us for a special César Chávez Day Conversaciones con Líderes Series: Advancing Equity, Excellence and Migrant Rights on Friday, March 31 at 3:00 P.M. ET/12:00 P.M. PT.

César Chávez Day is commemorated yearly on March 31 and celebrates the life, legacy and birthday of César Estrada Chávez, a champion for social justice and founder of the United Farmworkers alongside Dolores Huerta. It is a day to celebrate the contributions of migrant communities to our country and highlight the need to advocate for migrant rights.

Senior federal leaders will share how the Biden-Harris Administration is advancing equity for migrant students, workers, and families and highlight federal resources that are promoting equitable practices supporting students and families working in this labor sector. Hear from White House Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President, and César Chávez’s granddaughter, Julie Chávez Rodriguez on how her family’s dedication and advocacy for migrant rights inspired her on the journey to be one of the President Biden’s senior advisors. In addition, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fabiola Torres-Lara will share how her experience living in a migrant community influenced her decision to enter public service.

View more details including confirmed speakers here.

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.

The White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics and the Aspen Institute are hosting a series of White House Initiative Latino Economic Summit across the country with the participation of the White House, federal agencies and local leaders. These in-person community events 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.

Learn more about the White House Initiative Latino Economic Summits and explore our previous summits 

Student Loan Debt Relief Update

Subscribe and check back here for updates regarding student loan debt relief. The Department will post information as soon as further updates are available.

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.