Invited Speaker Presentations


From Hispanic-Serving to Hispanic-Thriving Institutions: HACU’s Leadership Academy/Academia de Liderazgo

Presenters: David A. Ortiz, Senior Vice President for Operations Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)

HACU’s Leadership Academy, La Academia de Liderazgo, is a one-year program to prepare the next generation of culturally diverse leaders for executive and senior level positions in higher education. Fellows selected for the program participate in an array of leadership development activities that will not only prepare them for leadership roles in the full spectrum of institutions of higher learning but will especially sensitize and mold them for leadership positions within HSIs and Emerging HSIs.  This session will provide an overview of the program and other HACU leadership initiatives.

About David Ortiz

Dr. David A. Ortiz is the Senior Vice President for Operations of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). In this role, Dr. Ortiz is responsible for the operations of the Association and implementation of policies, goals and objectives set by the president/CEO and Governing Board. As the senior executive for administration and policy analysis, he oversees HACU programs, federal and state policy initiatives to advance the mission of the Association.

Before joining HACU, he worked at the University of the Incarnate Word (Texas), where he oversaw a Title V federal grant. He has served in various faculty and administrative roles at Indiana University, Baylor University (Texas), Oklahoma State University, and Concordia University (Texas).

His research and work on Hispanic higher education has been recognized by the White House Initiative on Education Excellence for Hispanics, Texas Association of College and University Student Personnel Administrators, National College Learning Center Association and other organizations.


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About the Conference

The annual AHSIE Best Practices Conference provides practitioners from current and emerging Hispanic Serving Institutions a forum through which they can share ideas, build partnerships, and influence the development of policies designed to increase student success and institutional effectiveness.

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Session Types for Everyone

Session types for this year’s conference include: Featured Topic Institutes; High Impact Practices Presentations; Community of Practice Workshops; Special Topic Sessions with Invited Speakers; and Keynotes.

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