Dear ILACHE members:
It is my pleasure to write these words as the new President of the ILACHE Board. It is an honor for me to serve as your president and I look forward to engaging with you as we advance the cause of Latinos in higher education in Illinois.We still live in very difficult times. The economy is weak and many federal and state programs that have allowed Latinos to access higher education continue to be threatened. The Department of Education has kept the Pell grant flat for several years and the Illinois General Assembly has reduced the MAP program. Several political forces have attacked Affirmative Action in various states.
There are hopeful signs too. The Deferred Action program is the first positive step we have seen in a long time to help Dreamers achieve their rightful place in society. We are also in an election season. Understandably, the presidential race takes most of our attention, but I encourage you to take a close look at state and local races in your districts and the impact these races could have on Latinos in higher education.Soon we will announce the date and location of our 21st Annual Professional and Student Development Conference. You can view highlights of our recent conference at this link, ILACHE-roughcut02.mov. We are planning several other professional development and advocacy activities through the year. These activities will advance our cause in Illinois, but we also need your active participation to ensure their success. I look forward to meeting you and to learning about your goals and aspirations in higher education.