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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Promo for December 8 Latina Equal Pay Day Panel

Mujeres Advancing Pay and Gender Equity

U.S. Department of Education Auditorium

Thursday, December 8

3-4:30pm ET

Join the White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics and senior Biden-Harris Administration leaders for special Latinas Equal Pay Day event and learn more about how the White House and federal agencies are driving a strategic, whole-of-government approach to advancing gender equality and gender equity, including pay equity.


  • Melody Gonzales, Executive Director, White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics
  • Bibi Hidalgo, Associate Administrator for Government Contracting & Business Development, U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Maribel Duran, Deputy Chief of Staff, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Suzanne Goldberg, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Strategic Operations and Outreach, Office for Civil Rights and Senior Designee to the White House Gender Policy Council, U.S. Department of Education
  • Janis Bowdler, Counselor to the Secretary for Racial Equity, U.S. Department for the Treasury
  • Gina Rodriguez, Midwest Regional Administrator, Women’s Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Carmen Garcia, Human Resources Director and Chief Human Capital Officer, U.S. Office of Personnel Management

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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.

Conversaciones con Líderes Series

During Hispanic Heritage Month the White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics joined the White House and federal agencies in celebrating Latino leaders and ways in which they’re working within, and with, the Biden-Harris Administration to build prosperous and healthy communities. We’re proud to launch our weekly Conversaciones con Líderes zoom series featuring Biden-Harris Administration officials and community leaders sharing their inspiring personal journeys and updates on federal opportunities that uplift the Latino community. Check back on the Conversaciones con Líderes webpage for updates on upcoming webinars.

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.

National Partnership for Student Success

From Day One, President Biden and his Administration have been focused on supporting our nation’s children, taking historic action through the American Rescue Plan to help schools safely reopen and stay open, and address the impact of the pandemic on students’ learning and mental health. On July 5, the White House announced new efforts to set our students up for success, in school and in life. In addition, the Administration launched the National Partnership for Student Success, a new coalition that will support the expansion, launch and improvement of high-impact tutoring, mentoring and other programs to make up for lost instructional time, and support student mental health and overall wellbeing.

Read Fact Sheet: Biden-Harris Administration Launches National Effort to Support Student Success

Read U.S. Department of Education Press Release

Read AmeriCorps Press Release

Watch White House Event on Student Success