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WHITE HOUSE INITIATIVE ON EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE FOR HISPANICS ANNOUNCES PRESIDENTŐS ADVISORY COMMISSION MEMBERS

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to Induct Commissioners, Joins Community Leaders to Honor the White House Initiative

More than a dozen new members of the PresidentŐs Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics were announced at the White House and sworn-in at an official ceremony with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor at the Smithsonian Castle on Thursday, May 26. The Commission works to improve academic excellence and opportunities by providing advice to President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

 

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CAPTION: White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics director Juan Sepślveda discusses the challenge at the first meeting of the PresidentŐs Advisory Commission held Thursday at the White House. Left to right at table: Lisette Nieves, Darline P. Robles, Ricardo Romo, Alicia Abella, Juan Sepślveda.

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CAPTION: PresidentŐs Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics chair

Eduardo J. Padr—n addresses community leaders at the swearing-in of new Commission members at the Smithsonian Institution Castle. Left to right: Cecilia Mu–oz, Sylvia Acevedo, Juan Sepślveda, Manny Sanchez, Eduardo Diaz, Maria Neira, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Eduardo J. Padr—n.

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CAPTION: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor swears-in members of the PresidentŐs Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics at the Smithsonian Institution Castle on Thursday.

Standing left to right: Eduardo J. Padr—n, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, JoAnn Gama, Daniel Cardinali, Sylvia Acevedo, Manny Sanchez, Maria Neira, Luis R. Fraga, Alicia Abella, CŽsar Conde; Sitting: Eduardo Diaz, G. Wayne Clough, U.S. Rep. Hinosa RubŽn Hinojosa, D-Texas

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CAPTION: New members of the PresidentŐs Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics listen to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor deliver remarks at the Smithsonian Institution Castle.

Left to right: Daniel Cardinali, Ricardo Romo, JoAnn Gama, Darline P. Robles, Sylvia Acevedo

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CAPTION: Members of the PresidentŐs Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics pose after an official ceremony at the Smithsonian Institution Castle.

Top row: JosŽ Rico, Daniel Cardinali, Patricia G‡ndara, Darline P. Robles, Luis R. Fraga, Lisette Nieves, CŽsar Conde, Juan Sepślveda; Bottom row: Eduardo J. Padr—n, Ricardo Romo, JoAnn Gama, Sylvia Acevedo, Manny Sanchez, Maria Neira, Alicia Abella.

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CAPTION: White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics director Juan Sepślveda addresses community leaders at the swearing-in of new Commission members at the Smithsonian Institution Castle. Top row: Ricardo Romo, Daniel Cardinali, JoAnn Gama, Patricia G‡ndara, Sylvia Acevedo, Darline P. Robles, Eduardo Diaz, Juan Sepślveda, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Maria Neira, Luis R. Fraga, G. Wayne Clough, Alicia Abella, CŽsar Conde,

Eduardo J. Padr—n

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NEW MEMBERS OF THE PRESIDENTŐS ADVISORY COMMISSION ON EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE FOR HISPANICS:

 

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Francisco G. Cigarroa, of Laredo, Texas, is the chancellor of The University of Texas (UT) System, the first Latino to hold this position.

 

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Ricardo Romo, of San Antonio, Texas, is the president of the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), a four-year public Hispanic-Serving Institution. Romo is the first Mexican-American to hold this position.

 

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Darline P. Robles, of Los Angeles, California, is a professor of clinical education at the Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California.

 

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Alicia Abella, of Florham Park, New Jersey, is the executive director of the Innovative Services Research Department, AT&T Labs Research, which specializes in data mining, user interfaces, IPTV, mobile services and SIP/VoIP technology.

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Marta Tienda, of Princeton, New Jersey, is a professor of demographic studies and a professor of sociology and public affairs at Princeton University

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Luis R. Fraga, of Seattle, Washington, is associate vice provost for Faculty Advancement, a Russell F. Stark university professor, director of the Diversity Research Institute, and professor of political science at the University of Washington.

 

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Maria Neira, of Latham, New York, is a bilingual elementary school teacher who rose through the ranks of union leadership to become a nationally recognized expert on education issues.

 

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Sylvia Acevedo, of Austin, Texas, is the founder, president and chief executive officer of CommuniCard, LLC. 

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Daniel Cardinali, of Washington, D.C., is president of Communities In Schools, the nationŐs leading organization dedicated to surrounding students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

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Lisette Nieves, of New York, New York, is the Belle Zeller Distinguished Visiting Professor in Public Policy at the City University of New York and is Social Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Blue Ridge Foundation, a leading nonprofit incubator.

 

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Manny Sanchez, of Chicago, Illinois, is the founder and managing partner of the law firm of Sanchez Daniels & Hoffman LLP.

 

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Alfredo J. Artiles, of Tempe, Arizona, is a professor of Culture, Society and Education and Transborder Studies at Arizona State University (ASU).

 

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JoAnn Gama, of McAllen, Texas, is cofounder and chief operations officer of IDEA Public Schools.

 

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CŽsar Conde, of Miami, Florida, is the president of Univisi—n Networks at Univisi—n Communications, Inc.

 

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Patricia G‡ndara, of Los Angeles, California, is a professor of education in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.