On March 9, 2017, Diplomás held a half-day Policy Summit at the UTSA Downtown Campus to discuss advocacy and its role in promoting Latino student success.  

Dr. Joseph Kulhanek, Assistant Vice President, The UTSA Institute for P-20 Initiatives gave the welcoming remarks. Dr. Enrique Alemán, Jr., Professor and Chair in the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio defined advocacy and gave examples of Latinos serving as successful advocates for education. Deborah Santiago, the co-founder, Chief Operating Officer and Vice President for Policy at Excelencia in Education expressed the importance of advocacy in creating systems change. Local high school and college students shared their experiences as Latino students navigating higher education. State Representatives Diego Bernal and Ina Minjarez shared video messages expressing how advocates help inform their work as policy makers.

Learn more about Diplomás here: http://www.p16plus.org/initiatives/the-diplomas-project/