Councilmembers Valenzuela, Pastor Welcome the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics at Friday EventCouncilmembers Valenzuela, Pastor Welcome the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics at Friday Event<div class="ExternalClassCE8C77CE76D147F69123E8A323E3D9A2"><div>Councilmembers Daniel Valenzuela and Laura Pastor welcome Alejandra Ceja and Michelle Moreno with the U.S. Department of Education’s White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics this Friday, Oct. 14 at 10:30 a.m. in Assembly Room A of Phoenix City Hall, 200 W. Washington St.</div><div><br></div><div>This special Community Convening will recognize “Bright Spots in Hispanic Education” and “Commitments to Action” in Arizona, two national priorities of the president’s initiative over the past year, in honor of the 25th anniversary of the White House driven effort.</div><div><br></div><div>"To strengthen our success as a city, we must bring additional resources for our Latino students and our educational system,” Councilman Valenzuela said. ” I would like to thank the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics for recognizing ongoing efforts of Arizona’s education partners, who work tirelessly every day and are making strides to close the opportunity gap that exists. Our collective goal must be insuring all children have the resources and support for future success in our evolving economy."</div><div><br></div><div>Beatriz E. Rendon, Vice President of Educational Outreach for Arizona State University, will also be recognized as a member of President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. In the spirit of what President Obama calls a “shared responsibility,” the Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics challenged the public and private sectors to make meaningful and quantifiable contributions to expand and support educational outcomes and opportunities for the Latino community.</div><div><br></div><div>“I would like to commend and congratulate the honorees of Bright Spots in Hispanic Education and Commitments to Action for their work in expanding vital educational opportunities for Hispanics throughout the City of Phoenix,” Councilwoman Pastor said. “The programs, agencies, and individuals being acclaimed for their efforts play a critical role in securing the chance for young Latinos to be active members of the community and workforce. As Chair of the Parks, Arts, Education, and Equality Subcommittee, I recognize the importance of their work as it pertains to academic success, but perhaps more significantly as an economic driver and equalizer that extends to all of our city’s residents.”</div><div><br></div><div>The convening will also serve as an opportunity to provide community leaders with information and resources available from the federal government, in key areas such as education, with the goal to foster future innovative and collaborative efforts. </div></div>10/13/2016 9:00:00 PMDavid Urbinato602-495-5405