Latino and Hispanic American Heritage Month has been recognized and honored throughout the United States since the 60s and the observance became law in 1988—nearly three decades ago. At San Diego Continuing Education (SDCE), and throughout the San Diego Community College District, faculty, staff, administrators and students celebrate Latino cultures in our classrooms and at our campuses every semester.
This month, I have a special opportunity to participate in an important advocacy conversation that supports Latino involvement in the American political process—from citizenship to public service. California is home to over 15 million Latinos and the NALEO Educational Fund Policy Institute will provide state policymakers with an opportunity to learn best practices and exchange policies and ideas that foster the mobilization of Latinos in higher education, and examine the robust economic implications driven from higher education attainment. I am honored to be invited to participate in such important advocacy work.
I hope you will take a moment this month to read an article, look at pictures, attend a lecture, admire artwork or simply have a conversation about the rich contributions that Latino Americans make to our communities. Thank you for the work you do to create a safe and encouraging environment to every student.