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About the Prepárate Conference

The Prepárate™: Educating Latinos for the Future of America conference is a part of the College Board's commitment to educational excellence and equity for all students. The College Board and its members are focused on building an educated citizenry prepared to participate in American democracy, society, and economy, and Latino students’ success is crucial to this goal. Since 2007, educators and civic and community leaders have addressed the educational challenges facing Latino Americans. The importance of serving the nation’s growing Latino student population is paramount given that the academic success of these students is crucial to achieving this goal and ensuring an integrated, competitive society. Prepárate is an unparalleled opportunity to discuss issues affecting the education of Latino students now and in the future.

Prepárate highlights national models that are successfully preparing Latino students for college success and life. At the conference, participants discuss new solutions, share best practices and collaborate with colleagues to make a difference for Latino students. Latino K–12 student population growth can be leveraged with the rich cultural history of resilience and succeeding against educational odds. The focus of Prepárate is to provide a platform for educators to present strategies that address the unique cultural and ethnic needs of this important group of students. 

Modelo de la Comunidad

The Modelo de la Comunidad is an award presented to individuals and organizations that have demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment to the improvement of the Latino community and others. While not specifically limited to the field of education, the awardee should be involved in work that encourages an educated society. The recognition is designed to acknowledge and honor the awardees contributions and to highlight their good works. The presentation of the Modelo award at the annual Prepárate conference provides a forum for our community to thank and support these leaders for their tireless advocacy and work to improve lives within our community.


2019 Recipient: Excelencia in Education

Accepting award on behalf of Excelencia: Arturo Madrid

Arturo Madrid
Secretary/Treasurer, Excelencia in Education
Murchison Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Trinity University

Arturo Madrid is the recipient of the Charles Frankel Prize in the Humanities in 1996, awarded by the National Endowment of the Humanities. Before joining the Trinity University faculty in 1993, Madrid was the founding president of the Tomás Rivera Center, the nation’s first institute for policy studies on Latino issues, a position he held from 1984 to 1993. Besides holding academic and administrative appointments at Dartmouth College, the University of California, San Diego, and the University of Minnesota, he served as director of the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) and national director of the Ford Foundation’s Graduate Fellowship Program.

Excelencia in Education

Excelencia in Education envisions all Latinos will have an equitable opportunity to earn a quality postsecondary education and close the equity gap in degree attainment. Its mission is to accelerate Latino student success in higher education by promoting Latino student achievement, conducting analysis to inform educational policies, and advancing institutional practices while collaborating with those committed and ready to meet the mission. Launched in 2004 in the nation’s capital, Excelencia is building a network of results-oriented educators and policymakers to address the U.S. economy’s need for a highly educated workforce and engaged civic leadership.

2018—Dr. Richard A. Carranza, Chancellor, New York City Department of Education

2017—Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, President, Miami Dade College

2016—The Florida Partnership

2015—James Montoya, The College Board

2015—Alejandra Ceja, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics

2014—John Quiñones, ABC News

2014—Soledad O’Brien, Starfish Media, CNN, HBO, Al Jazeera America


2019 Prepárate Committee​

Name Institution
* Yvonne Berumen Pitzer College
Jozi De Leon California Polytechnic State University
* Pedro Martinez San Antonio Independent School District
Cynthia Montalvo Felician University
Jeanette Morales Hispanic Association for Colleges and Universities
Joseph Morales University of California, Irvine
Jorge Ochoa KIPP Foundation
Mari Oropeza Geffen Academy at UCLA
Liz Ozuna San Antonio Independent School District
Myliss Parker Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District
* Heather Rodriguez University of the Incarnate Word
Kenneth Salazar Albuquerque Public Schools
* Kasey Urquidez The University of Arizona-Tucscon

* Prepárate Committee Co-Chair/Board of Trustee Liaison


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Prepárate 2020 | April 23–24, 2020
Las Vegas, NV