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Univision to Host Historic Education Town Hall with President Obama

March 18, 2011

Univision, the leading media company serving Hispanic America, will host "Noticias Univision Presenta: Es El Momento -- El Presidente, Los Hispanos y la Educacion" (The Moment Is Now: The President, Hispanics and Education) on March 28 from Bell Multicultural High School in the nation's capital. Hosted by Emmy-winning journalist and co-anchor of "Noticiero Univision," Jorge Ramos, the town hall will give President Obama the opportunity to engage with students, parents and teachers in an important dialogue on education and Hispanic educational attainment. The historic event will be broadcast on the Univision Network on March 28 at 7 p.m. ET / PT, 6 p.m. CT. It will also be streamed online on in English and Spanish and simulcast on Univision Radio.

"As part of our mission to inform, entertain and empower Hispanic America, we are thrilled to be able to provide the Hispanic community the opportunity to engage directly on one of the most important issues impacting our ability to remain competitive globally," said Cesar Conde, president, Univision Networks. "It is vital that Univision continues to be front and center with news and information that can help Hispanics maximize their educational potential."

Topics to be discussed at the town hall with Obama will include better preparing students for college and 21st- century careers, greater parental engagement in education, and the politics of reforming the educational system.

In the lead-up to the town hall, students, parents and teachers will have the opportunity to submit an education-related question for Obama. Questions can be submitted to Univision until March 27 through its online form. To access the form and for more details and guidelines, please visit: The audience members will primarily be selected in collaboration with Bell Multicultural High School and its associations. The audience will comprise parents, students, teachers and school community leaders. Other educational programs and organizations will also be represented.

The education town hall with Obama is part of Univision's "Es el Momento" (The Moment Is Now) initiative focused on creating a college- bound culture by engaging parents and youth, and connecting the Hispanic community with the resources and information needed to help increase educational attainment. Univision recently launched the second phase of this initiative highlighting the importance of children having role models in their lives, encouraging parents to teach by example and instill in their children the importance of education, as the key to their success.

The broadcast will be closed-captioned in English on CC3 where available. The event will also be available on demand in English and Spanish online on, directly following the east coast broadcast. For the latest updates, news, videos and photos, please visit the site online and on mobile.

Source: Copyright Business Wire 2011

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