Media Advisory

As Congress Seeks to Reauthorize the Higher Education Act, UnidosUS will Release Reports on Latinos and Higher Education at Capitol Hill Briefing

UnidosUS experts will be joined by Latino students to discuss obstacles to educational equity and opportunities to address needs in reauthorization bill

March 25, 2019

Washington, DC—The nation’s largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization UnidosUS (formerly NCLR), will hold a briefing on Capitol Hill this Wednesday, March 27, on the fractures in America’s higher education system that create disparate outcomes for Latino students. This briefing is particularly timely given that Congress is in the process of reauthorizing the Higher Education Act.

During the briefing, UnidosUS will present three statistical reports on the key issues of enrollment and completion, financing and repayment. The event will feature Latino students who will share their experience with higher education, including the many obstacles they’ve faced during their journey. The students will also discuss how a reauthorized Higher Education Act needs to be more responsive to the realities of today’s students.

WHO:Opening Remarks: Eric Rodríguez, Vice President, Policy and Advocacy, UnidosUS
Reports’ Findings: Stephanie Román, Senior Policy Analyst, UnidosUS
Latino Student Panel and Q&A: Amy Soto, Columbia Heights Educational Campus; Tiffany Flores, School Without Walls Senior High School; Katya Quintanilla, Trinity Washington University 
Moderator: Juliana Ospina Cano, UnidosUS Associate Director, STEM and College Readiness Programs
WHAT:Capitol Hill briefing on higher education with UnidosUS experts to present findings of statistical reports, panel discussion and Q&A with Latino students.
WHEN:Wednesday, March 27, 2019
12:30 p.m. 
WHERE:Room HC-8 
U.S. Capitol Building, House Side
Washington, DC 20003

NOTE: Please enter the Capitol's South Side Entrance, near Independence Ave SE & S Capitol St. SE. A UnidosUS staff member will guide you to the room once you check in at the appointment desk. 

To RSVP, contact Gabriela Gomez at or (202) 776-1732.

UnidosUS, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza), is the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. Through its unique combination of expert research, advocacy, programs, and an Affiliate Network of nearly 300 community-based organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico, UnidosUS simultaneously challenges the social, economic, and political barriers that affect Latinos at the national and local levels. For more than 50 years, UnidosUS has united communities and different groups seeking common ground through collaboration, and that share a desire to make our country stronger. For more information on UnidosUS, visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.