SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Cedarville University will host the fourth annual Hispanic Education Summit in partnership with the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) and the Alliance for Hispanic Education, in Cedarville, Ohio on Wednesday, October 16, 2013.
The Hispanic Education Summit is held annually to highlight the academic challenges faced by Latinos and education providers with a specific focus on reducing the national Hispanic drop-out rate. Challenges, strategies and solutions are presented to attendees, including pastors, church leaders, academic administrators, and educators.
Keynote Speaker, Harold Smith, President and CEO, Christianity Today, said, "The growth of this community will have a decided impact on not only America but on the growth and influence of the church in the days ahead. It is therefore all the more imperative that these brothers and sisters be empowered to take the reins of leadership in this ever-expanding role. Education is a critical piece in all this. We must, therefore, be committed to creatively leveraging this needed and strategic piece to equip the next generation of Latinos and Latinas for all that God has prepared for them to do to the glory of God."
This Summit will bring together key ministry leaders, educational leaders, pastors, and other stakeholders in the Hispanic community. The Summit highlights the academic challenges faced by both Latinas/os and education providers. Best practices, strategies and potential solutions will be presented to help improve student success and improve completion rates.
Other prominent speakers at the 2013 Hispanic Education Summit include Dr. Jesse Miranda, NHCLC Emeritus CEO and Founder of the Jesse Miranda Center for Hispanic Leadership, Dr. Carlos Campo, former President of Regent University and Chair, Alliance for Hispanic Education and Jesse Rincones, Executive Director of the Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas.
Breakout sessions include President's Track: Dialogue with Harold Smith; Educator's Track: Barna Research Update on Hispanics by Dr. Gus Reyes and "The Opportunity Space for Hispanics Teaching in Christian and Secular Universities" with Alex Camacho, M.S., Ph.D. (ABD); Pastors Track: "Raising Highly Capable Kids" with Mike Haley from Focus on the Family and "A Church-School Partnership Model" with Juan Pena, M.Div; and a Featured Track: "God's Graffiti: Serving At-Risk Teens" with Romal Tune.
Dr. White, President, Cedarville University, said, "We are looking forward to welcoming the 2013 Hispanic Education Summit onto the campus of Cedarville University. I hope that this will serve as a time of fruitful dialogue as we consider how our Christian conviction guides our practice of higher education."
Research indicates that Latino students make up 38.6 percent of all college dropouts, although they represent only 15.1 percent of the total population. Latinos are the largest and most rapidly growing ethnic minority in the country, but academically they are lagging dangerously behind.
Dr. Gus Reyes, said, "We believe that education providers from elementary, middle, high school and college can make a significant impact to help Latino students improve academics and move on through college. Churches also play a key role in the solution for these students. Working together, we can make a difference in the Hispanic drop-out rate in our country."
For more information on the 2013 Education Summit and Alliance for Hispanic Education go to www.cedarville.edu/Event/Hispanic-Alliance-Education-Summit.
The NHCLC is the largest Hispanic Christian organization representing millions of Evangelicals and more than 40,000 U.S. Churches. Seeking to reconcile evangelist Billy Graham's message of salvation with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s march of prophetic activism, the NHCLC emphasizes "7 Directives" of Life, Family, Compassionate Evangelism, Stewardship, Justice, Education and Youth. Liberty Counsel (www.LC.org), an international nonprofit, litigation, education, and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family since 1989, is the legislative and public policy arm of the NHCLC, advocating for the NHCLC's member churches representing millions in the Hispanic community and serves as the senior sponsor of the NHCLC's Life Directive. For additional information, visit http://www.nhclc.org.
SOURCE National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference