The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) launched its Partnerships for Latino Education Success (PLES) with a series of forums in Los Angeles, according to a news release.
The forums gathered education experts, advocates, local and national elected officials, and practitioners to examine the education challenges facing young Hispanics, define the barriers to higher education attainment and identify ways to address these to reach President Obama's national goal of 60 percent college attainment by 2025.
The partnership initiative is in collaboration with the Bull & Melinda Gates Foundation; California State University, Dominguez Hills; Excelencia in Education; the Lumina Foundation; the National Association of Latino Elected Officials; and Univision.
Future forums will be held in Washington, D.C., (during CHCI's 2011 Public Policy Conference) and in New York in the fall. Those forums are expected to move behind the education community and discuss the roles of important stakeholders critical to achieving PLES' goals, stakeholders such as philanthropic foundations, corporate America, small businesses, and media and entertainment.
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