Wednesday, October 21

Strengthening Pathways to Postsecondary Success and Career Opportunities for Latinx Students

1:00 pm – 1:50 pm

Digital Workforce for Latinos: Training Pedagogy to Meet the Skill Demands of the Tech Workforce


  • Diana Caba, Hispanic Federation Senior Director of Economic Empowerment
  • Miguel Pacheco, Hispanic Federation Digital Workforce Development Manager

1:55 pm – 2:45 pm

Higher Education: Transforming College and Career Success for Latino Students

Moderator: Deborah A. Santiago, Excelencia in Education


  • Kerlyn Espinal, New Jersey State Department, Deputy Assistant Commissioner of Cultural and Historic Commissions
  • Ricky Hurtado, LatinxEd, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director
  • Marissa Guijaro, President, New York State Association for College Admissions Counseling

2:50 pm – 3:00 pm

Jose Rivera Alers Scholarship Launch - Sponsored by Wells Fargo

3:05 pm – 3:55 pm

Breakout Panel Sessions Hosted by Hispanic Federation State & Regional Directors

Florida State of Education:

Connecticut State of Education:

Moderator: Subira Gordon, Executive Director, ConnCAN


  • Ingrid Alvarez-DiMarzo, New England Regional Director, Hispanic Federation (Host)
  • Hon. Robert Sanchez, Education Committee Chair, Connecticut State General Assembly
  • Dr. Gladys Barbosa Labas, Director of Equity and Language, Connecticut State Department of Education
  • Chris Soto, Director of Innovation and Partnerships, Connecticut State Department of Education
  • Brittany Rodriguez, Bridgeport Caribe Youth Leaders Alum
  • John Torres, Executive Director, Hartford Knights Youth Organization

Puerto Rico State of Education:

The State of Education Equity in North Carolina:

Moderator: Grace Nystrum, Bank of America, SVP Strategic Marketing Executive, Global Banking and Markets


  • Banu Valladares, Charlotte Bilingual Preschool, Executive Director
  • Daniel Valdez, Hispanic Federation North Carolina and Mid-South State Director
  • Alexandra Valladares, Durham Public School Board Member
  • James E. Ford, Executive Director, Center for Racial Equity in Education

The Future of College and Career Readiness for Latinx Students in New York State:

Host: Diana E. Cruz, Hispanic Federation Director of Education Policy

Moderator: Lazar Treschan, Here to Here, Vice President, Policy and Impact


  • Hon. Monica R. Martinez, New York State Senate Senator
  • Estefany Carmona, The Urban Assembly, Work-based Learning Manager
  • Jorge Morales, Teens Take Charge, Policy Director
  • Shirley Acevedo Buontempo, Latino U College, Inc., Access, Founder and Chief Executive Officer

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm: “Cafecito Chats”

  • Healing Circle to Support Our Mental Health
    • Richard Rivera
  • Supporting our Multilingual Learners and Students with Disabilities
    • Andrea Ortiz, New York Advocates for Fair and Inclusive Resources for Multilingual Learners, Manager of Education Policy
    • Diana Cruz, Education Policy Director, Hispanic Federation

4:35 pm – 5:00 pm: Special Remarks by U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) & Closing Remarks