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White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics Executive Director to Discuss Need for MoreYoung Hispanic Women in STEM Careers

The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics (Initiative) Executive Director Alejandra Ceja will participate in Televisa Foundation’s “STEM and Latinas Coding Jam Series” on Tuesday, March 3, inQueens, New York. Televisa, in partnership with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation and the Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria, is launching a series of afterschool and summer programs that provide Hispanic girls ages 8 to 12 with opportunities to participate in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities and arts education.

As part of the Initiative’s 25th anniversary, Ceja will discuss the continued need for Hispanic students, particularly girls and young women, to have equal access and exposure to STEM courses, as well as some of the barriers that prevent them from taking these classes early on. Ceja will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Televisa Foundation and formally announce their collaboration on an anniversary event later this summer focused on STEM education for Hispanics.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights’ Civil Rights Data Collection indicates that nationwide, few of the high schools with the highest percentage of Latino and African American students offer courses in the STEM fields. “The future landscape of America’s workforce needs are changing,” Ceja says, “and in order to attract and prepare more young Hispanics, as well as future generations of Hispanic young girls and women, for successful STEM careers, schools must ensure that all students are given equitable opportunities and access to challenging and rigorous academic courses.”


Alejandra Ceja, executive director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics Alicia Lebrija, president, Televisa Foundation Antonio Tijerino, executive director, Hispanic Heritage Foundation Laura Rebell Gross, director of girls’ education, the Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria


Remarks at “STEM and Latinas Coding Jam Series” national launch


Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria
23-15 Newtown Ave.
Queens, New York


10 a.m. EST, Tuesday, March 3, 2015

MEMBERS EVENT | Opening Preview: UNDER THE MEXICAN SKY: Gabriel Figueroa – Art and Film March 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for a special MEMBERS ONLY preview of UNDER THE MEXICAN SKY: Gabriel Figueroa – Art and Film. This event will give you exclusive access to the exhibition before its public debut and will be accompanied by a reception in El Museo’s iconic theater featuring site-specific artist interventions.

UNDER THE MEXICAN SKY: Gabriel Figueroa—Art and Film is organized and supported by Televisa Foundation in collaboration with The National Council for Culture and the Arts (CONACULTA). Generous funding has been provided by Corporate and Exhibition Benefactors, MetLife Foundation and Tony Bechara. Additional support has been provided by Mexico Tourism Board, The Mexican Cultural Institute of New York and the Círculo de Coleccionistas at El Museo del Barrio. With Public Support from Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the New York City Council.

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Gabriel Figueroa (Mexico, 1907-1997), Film still from Víctimas del Pecado, 1950; Filmic Division, Photographic Collections Fundación Televisa ©