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Dear Colleagues,

It is our pleasure to welcome you to the 11th annual Prepárate™: Educating Latinos for the Future of America conference. Orlando is the perfect site for this year’s conference, as it has one of the fastest-growing Latino populations in the country.  

We come together as educators to acquire learning and teaching tools for the benefit of our Latino students and their future. Learning is a never-ending process, and our hope is that you attend the outstanding sessions offered at this conference so that you may obtain an optimal level of knowledge and understanding that will ultimately transfer to our Latino community.  

On behalf of the Prepárate Committee, we welcome you to “The City Beautiful” and hope you enjoy this outstanding conference, the phenomenal speakers, and the networking opportunities, and leave the conference feeling empowered and inspired to continue your work in making a difference in the lives of Latino students across the nation.   



Richard P. Alvarez, Co-Chair
Vice President for Enrollment & Student Retention
Queens College of The City University of New York 
New York, N.Y.


Jesus Jara, Co-Chair
Deputy Superintendent
Orange County Public Schools
Orlando, Fla.


Hector Garcia, Emeritus–National Advisory Committee Member
Plano District #88
Plano, Ill.