Some of Our Legacies in the United
- Upon being established as a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, the International Center for Higher
Education & Philanthropy (ICHEP) was immediately embraced as a contractor by national-level leaders of various departments and agencies of the United States federal government. Over an eight year
period, the ICHEP Corporation successfully carried-out several national projects and training programs on behalf of such federal agencies as: the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the U.S. Department
of the Interior's Office of Educational Partnerships and Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. The
ICHEP Corporation also provided some technical assistance to the Minority Business Roundtable (MBRT) during its initial design and development under the U.S. Department of Commerce. The following are
some of ICHEP's significant achievements from its work with the U.S. federal government:
- ICHEP produced for the U.S. Department of the Interior a comprehensive blueprint for a National
Initiative to Prepare a Diverse Workforce in the Field of Natural Resources, which contained strategies for federal agencies to forge new partnerships with collegiate institutions to prepare a
new generation of professionals in the vast and increasingly important field of natural resources.
- ICHEP early on acquired a U.S. Department of Defense's Central Contractor Registration (CCR) and, perhaps more
importantly, was made permanently eligible to participate in the Federal Inter-Governmental Personnel Mobility Program—commonly known as the Inter-Governmental Personal Act (IPA)—which enables ICHEP
to receive federal executives-on-loan for work of mutual interest to ICHEP and the federal agencies. ICHEP's first executive-on-loan, Mr. Gil Lucero, was a national program manager with the Bureau of
Land Management, who worked with ICHEP full-time for a two-year period on strategies to improve the preparation of natural resources professionals.
- From its good understanding of the mission and evolving priorities of most federal government departments and agencies, ICHEP
designed a comprehensive Institute for Education and the Federal Workforce (IEFW) whose mission is to help build and maintain a high-quality U.S. federal workforce through new and better
forms of collaboration between the federal government and our nation's educational institutions—primary and secondary schools as well as collegiate institutions.
- In 1999, ICHEP was invited by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to provide a seminar on Understanding Policy and Leadership
in Higher Education, for its national ETS-HACU Policy Fellowship Program held that year in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
- In 2001, ICHEP created the National Association for Hispanic Education (NAHE) as a new advocate for Hispanic
education in the United States. NAHE's 2001 inaugural National Summit on Hispanic Education was held by the ICHEP Corporation with collaboration from the White House and Congress, the
business and government sectors, the philanthropic world, and the multiple arenas of education—and it remains to this day a historic event in U.S. education. Mr. Adam Chavarria, Executive Director of
the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans under the Bush Administration became the first President of NAHE, and spearheaded a national STEM education agenda. In
2012, Mr.Chavarria established the American STEM Alliance as a totally independent national organization, which is excellent and vitally needed in the United States.
- In 2006, ICHEP was selected to provide the Keynote Presentation at the annual conference of the
Southwest Association of Colleges & Employers (SWACE). ICHEP's presentation centered on meeting the leadership challenges of higher education and workforce development in the
- In 2012, ICHEP was selected to design and lead a community-wide, two-day Forum on Building
Nevada State College into one of the Nation's Premier Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). ICHEP's Forum presented strategies and ideas for Nevada State College to become the first HSI
in the State of Nevada.
- In 2013, the American Institute for Cybersecurity Education & Training (AICET)
was officially inaugurated as a new unit of ICHEP which will serve as one of America's premier providers of state-of-the-art education and training in cybersecurity to professionals in all sectors
and organizations of society. AICET's inauguration national workshop—Meeting the National Imperative of Protecting Our Cybersecurity and Preparing a World-Class Workforce in
Cybersecurity—was held in Tucson, Arizona. AICET is being developed and stewarded by Stephen Miller, a renowned national expert in the field.
- In 2014, ICHEP's National Association for Hispanic Education (NAHE) adopted a resolution to establish the NAHE
Executive Team of Hispanic youth who dedicated to pursuing NAHE's original mission using the advanced methods of historical inquiry and broadcast journalism, as well as the latest technologies
and social media platforms and tools. This mission is to uncover the past, understand the present, and transform the future of the Hispanic experience in U.S. education—from early childhood education
and elementary schooling through collegiate and professional education—across all 50 states plus the commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
- Throughout the past ten years, ICHEP has provided a series of seminars and workshops throughout the
United States addressing: (1) the tools of strategic management for higher education and other nonprofit organizations; (2) the power of transformative leadership; (3) the history, structure, and
educational role of U.S. higher education; (4) the history, mission, functions, contributions, dilemmas, and new opportunities of the American community college; (5) the development of a
comprehensive strategic visioning and strategic planning process for higher education institutions and other nonprofit organizations; (6) the political versus rational approaches to the budgetary
process; (7) the role of incentive-funding strategies to forge innovation and organizational change; (8) the policymaking process; (9) the primary purposes and components of an academic assessment
program; and (10) the process and benefits of building a successful college or university foundation; and (11) the importance of costing and cost-analyses to support decision-making in higher