Latino Education Summit

Silicon Valley at Santa Clara University: Addressing the Latino Opportunity Gap


“This event represents a unique collaboration amongst K – 12 schools and Santa Clara University, as it  presents the opportunity to engage in a meaningful dialogue on how we can better serve the needs of the most worthy” – Ed Alvarez, President, The Foundation for Hispanic Education

“We are thrilled to be partnering with The Foundation for Hispanic Education to make this Summit possible. It is a tremendous opportunity for K-12 and higher education professionals, business representatives, and community leaders to join in conversation about how to best serve the educational needs of Latino students, their families, and the local community.” – Carol Ann Gittens, Interim Dean, The SCU School of Education and Counseling Psychology

Santa Clara, CA – The Foundation for Hispanic Education (TFHE) and Santa Clara University’s Graduate School of Education and Counseling Psychology (SCU ECP), in partnership with several convening Silicon Valley school districts, present the Latino Education Summit: Silicon Valley (LES). The event will take place on April 30, 2016 at Santa Clara University from 8:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. LES will identify and discuss bold, transformative approaches for educating Latino students of working poor families in Silicon Valley. The Summit will consist of nationally recognized keynote speakers, such as Dr. Guadalupe Valdes of Stanford University, Dr. Eugene Garcia of Arizona State University and UC Berkeley, and other academic leaders. Additionally, LES will feature breakout sessions led by subject matter experts, a community-focused resource fair, and social media classes for students. Presenters will share research, evidenced-based best practices, and other educational innovations that have been shown to promote the success of Latinos, particularly for English language learners from low-income communities.

Currently in Silicon Valley, Latino students and other students of color are consistently underperforming due to lack of appropriate educational and socioeconomic opportunities in the region. In response, LES aims to bring the academics of regional higher education institutions and local educational practitioners to start the conversation about critical educational issues impacting Latino students, parents, and the community at-large. This program will be conducted in the hopes of offering vital information and perspectives on these issues to the local community, teachers, educational leadership, policy makers, community leaders, and corporate representatives, alike. Following the Summit, TFHE, SCU ECP, and Santa Clara University’s “SCU Presents” will sponsor the Latino Thought Makers program hosted by Rick Najera with special guest Edward James Olmos, as their conversation will center on advancing Latinos in education. For more information, please visit us at:

About Us:

The Foundation for Hispanic Education’s Mission is to provide leadership in English Language Learners education and the development of specialized training programs for teachers of English Language Learners. Additionally, its Center for Latino Education and Innovation serves as the educational architect for building an effective pre-K to college “pipeline” for Latino students and their parents. ?

Date/Time of Event:

Saturday, April 30, 2016 / 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Event Location:

Santa Clara University 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053

For Contact: Martin E. Farfan Project Manager, TFHE (408) 585-5022 Ext. 1039