Earlier this year, the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics identified the Bilingual Education Program at Texas A&M University as a Bright Spot in Hispanic Education Fulfilling America’s Future.

On April 20, Bilingual Education faculty and students met online with Maria Pastrana from the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics; Ruthanne Buck, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Education; and representatives from other Bright Spot institutions and organizations across the United States. Those in attendance included Drs. Rafael Lara-Alecio, Héctor Rivera, and Miranda Walichowski as well as senior bilingual education students. 

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss promising practices and strategies for the recruitment of Latino teachers and raise awareness of the work being done at the Bright Spot institutions and organizations.

“This is an important topic,” Buck said. “I am so proud to be a part of an effort to elevate the work of all the great people and organizations on this call.”