President Obama and Jose Rico Focus on Latinos and Educational Achievement

It was a pleasure to speak with Jose Rico about the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, of which he is the Executive Director. The initiative was “established in September 1990 by President George H.W. Bush to provide advice and guidance to the secretary of education on education issues related to Hispanics and address academic excellence and opportunities for the Hispanic community.” In the fall of 2010, President Obama renewed the efforts and placed specific emphasis on nationwide public-private partnerships and interconnected networks of communication and collaboration so as to address the broad range of issues affecting Latino families.

When speaking of the importance of Latinos going to college, Rico said: 

“For the first time in our nation’s history Latinos are the largest minority in higher education. We're over 12.5 million students and we need to increase those numbers and graduate more students from college."

In the following clip, watch as Jose Rico talks about President Obama’s stance on post-secondary education for Latinos, the goals that are being set, and the ways in which they plan on meeting those goals.

Thanks again to Jose for taking the time to speak with us!

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