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Mission and Work of ICHEP's National Association for Hispanic Education (NAHE)
Mission of NAHE
The mission of the National Association for Hispanic Education (NAHE) 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 and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. NAHE fulfills its mission by using the principal methods of historical inquiry and broadcast journalism, as well as the latest technologies and social media platforms and tools, to serve as an essential advocate all Hispanic education in the U.S.
Hispanic Americans/Latinos are the youngest and fastest-growing population segment in the United States. Statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau show that Hispanic Americans have long comprised a significant and steadily increasing portion of the U.S. population—growing from 22.4 million in 1990 to 50.5 million in 2010. Equally noteworthy is the fact that Hispanic American children comprise the nation's largest minority school-age population. As an ever-increasing segment of our nation's human capital wealth, Hispanic Americans have a pivotal role in helping the United States to forge a prosperous social, economic, and political future. And this will require Hispanic youth to visualize and embrace themselves as both great and essential contributors to the past, the present, and the future of American society.
Yet, as the 21st century continues to unfold, the education of Hispanic Americans remains in a disturbing state of crisis—from the grade school to the high school levels and on through the higher education enterprise. Judged by almost every indicator of progress, the educational attainment of Hispanic Americans remains unacceptably poor, compared to other Americans. In simple but poignant terms, the magnitude of the educational disparity between Hispanic Americans and all other population groups has far-reaching negative implications for the future not only of the Hispanic community but also that of the entire nation. Although the stakes are very high for our nation in confronting and ameliorating this disparity, the Hispanic experience in U.S. education continues to be defined largely by persistent neglect, poverty, language and cultural isolation, segregation into inadequate schools, denied opportunities, and limited academic achievement.
Equally significant, most American history books and film documentaries have been unable or unwilling to provide a full and historically accurate account of the Hispanic experience in U.S. education—or to acknowledge the legitimacy and relevance of Hispanic successes in U.S. education. Therefore, in order to inspire big educational and career dreams by our nation's Hispanic youth, we must empower them with knowledge of the many rich and unique legacies of Hispanic pioneers in U.S. education. We must also empower them with the legitimate and powerful voices of our nation's most influential Hispanic thinkers and visionaries in education.
Origins and Achievements of NAHE
The National Association for Hispanic Education (NAHE) was originally envisioned and championed by Martin Ahumada and Elba Garcia-Burke as a national organization dedicated to examining and documenting the Hispanic experience in U.S. Education—with the noble goal of promoting Hispanic success in early childhood schooling and K-12 education as well as improving Hispanic student representation and achievement in all of our nation's colleges and universities. NAHE was officially inaugurated in 2001 as a unit of the International Center for Higher Education & Philanthropy (ICHEP), a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation comprised largely of volunteers and dedicated to creating new educational and philanthropic vehicles in the U.S. and other countries of the world. 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 truly historic event in U.S. education.
From 2001 to 2008, the ICHEP Corporation held numerous working conferences, strategic meetings, and focus-group discourses throughout the nation on the unique and vitally needed contributions NAHE can and should make to document and inspire Hispanic success in U.S. education. These efforts confirmed the imperative of implementing NAHE as a national organization dedicated to using the state-of-the-art technologies as well as social media platforms and tools to fulfill its unique and vitally needed mission.
From its beginning, NAHE has also been envisioned as a premier advocate for Hispanic educational success in the increasingly important STEM fields of science, technology, mathematics, and engineering, at all educational levels. For this reason, in 2009 the ICHEP Corporation embraced Mr. Adam Chavarria, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans under the Bush Administration, to serve as the first-ever President of NAHE who was uniquely qualified to spearhead a national STEM education agenda for Hispanics. During his three years as the President of NAHE, Mr. Chavarria successfully designed and developed a vitally needed Hispanic STEM Initiative, which he established in 2011 as a new and independent national organization. In 2012, this Initiative was renamed the American STEM Alliance. This initiative was done in recognition that our nation's full range of stakeholder groups and organizations devoted to STEM education must approach America's economic future as one that is inextricably tied to the educational success of Hispanic Americans—who, more and more, are in a historic and ideal position to impact the economic future of our nation.
NAHE's New Leadership
In 2015, the ICHEP Corporation will begin its implementation of the National Association for Hispanic Education (NAHE) as a modern and quasi-virtual organization which will maximize the cutting-edge information and communications technologies to uncover the past, understand the present, and transform the future of the Hispanic experience in U.S. education.
In 2015, the ICHEP Board of Trustees will assemble a NAHE Executive Team comprised of Hispanic youth who are both able and willing to take full ownership of NAHE and fulfill its unique mission and vitally needed work. This Team will possess expertise and interest in key areas: historical inquiry, TV and radio broadcast journalism, communications and public relations, history, education, the latest information technologies, and the new social media platforms and tools.
ICHEP's Board of Trustees will establish the NAHE National Board of Advisors, comprised of outstanding Americans from all backgrounds who can: (1) champion throughout the nation NAHE's unique mission and vitally needed work; (3) inspire and help steward the ongoing development and work of NAHE, and (3) serve as mentors to NAHE's Executive Team.