Media Advisory

NCLR to Host Capitol Hill Panel on College Access and Affordability among Latino Students in Cooperation with U.S. Rep. Rubén Hinojosa

April 22, 2016

Camila Gallardo
(305) 215-4259

WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Thursday, April 28, 2016, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) will be joined by special guest Rep. Rubén Hinojosa (D–TX) for an afternoon briefing on Capitol Hill to discuss the state of Latinos in higher education, including the issues of retention and affordability. Currently, more Latinos than ever are seeking postsecondary degrees. In fact, in 2012, the Hispanic college enrollment rate among 18–24-year-old high school graduates surpassed that of non-Hispanic White students, according to Pew Research Center. While significant progress has been made, disparities persist in rates of degree completion; only one out of two Latino college students completes a degree within six years.

In an increasingly globalized and competitive marketplace, more jobs and careers will require some form of postsecondary education. Projections show that by 2020, approximately 65 percent of employers will require a postsecondary education or certification. Latino students already represent one-quarter of America’s schoolchildren, and that number is expected to continue to climb. This is why it is critical for our community to understand and address the needs and challenges that Latino students face in obtaining postsecondary degrees.

Media are invited to attend the afternoon panel and should RSVP to Camila Gallardo at




NCLR Briefing on College Affordability for Latinos



Thursday, April 28, 2016


3:00 pm



Special Guest Congressman Rubén Hinojosa (Welcome Remarks)


Andrew Nichols, Director of Higher Education Research and Data Analytics, The Education Trust


Jessica Thompson, Senior Policy Analyst, The Institute for College Access and Success


Giovanni Escobedo, Former NCLR Líderes Participant


Victoria Benner, Senior Legislative Strategist, NCLR (Moderator)



Rayburn House Office Building


Room 2261


200 D Street, S.W.


Washington, D.C. 20024

NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. For more information on NCLR, please visit or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.