Dr. Carmen Serrata to Give Keynote Address at National Hispanic Education Summit at Ashland University

Dr. Carmen Serrata to Give Keynote Address at National Hispanic Education Summit at Ashland University

9/4/18 ASHLAND, Ohio – Dr. Carmen Serrata, project manager for College Advising Plus (CAP), will be the keynote speaker at the 2018 National Hispanic Education Summit that be held on the Ashland University campus on Wednesday, Oct. 24. The summit is presented by the Faith and Education Coalition of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference.

Sarah Ancel had been announced as the keynote speaker for the event, but had to cancel due to a scheduling conflict.

The free conference will focus on “Reshaping the Funnel: Proven College Completion Strategies for Hispanic Students,” and will address the troubling reality that while many Hispanics are enrolling in college, far fewer leave with a degree. 

“We are excited to host this National Hispanic Education Summit on the AU campus. This will provide an opportunity for those on campus and in the area to network with distinguished educational and faith-based leaders from across the country, while learning proven strategies that will help students of all ethnicities thrive and complete their college education,” said AU President Dr. Carlos Campo, who  serves as this year’s chair of the Alliance for Hispanic Education.

Summit registration and attendance is free of charge and can be completed by visiting https://www.eventbrite.com  and placing Ashland, OH, in the location search box.

Serrata is an education researcher, practitioner, and proud first-generation, immigrant Latina. Dr. Serrata’s strong passion for investigating social justice themes as they relate to higher education have afforded her diverse and rich opportunities across the P-20 continuum, including program design, curriculum, and strategic visioning. As project manager for the College Advising Corps, a national college access organization, she leads programs toward innovative and data-driven practices that enhance adviser capabilities across 62 partner high schools.

As a first-generation student from a low-income background, Dr. Serrata understands the transformative nature of higher education and has dedicated her career to advancing opportunities for underserved student populations and their families. As such, she has undertaken extensive research on the experiences of Latino students and families in higher education, including community college transfer students and Latino immigrant parents and the college planning process.

Serrata holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, an M.Ed in educational leadership from The University of Texas at San Antonio, and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Texas at Austin. Serrata who enjoys an occasional Netflix binge with her husband and two Great Danes, is based out of San Antonio, Texas.

The summit will kick off Oct. 24 with an 8 to 9:15 a.m. opening session and morning address by the Rev. Juan Rivera, pastor with Victory Christian Center in Coitsville.

The 9:30 to 10:20 a.m. workshop breakout 1 sessions will include:
-- “Best Practices For Engaging and Supporting Hispanic Students: How to Support Them through the Finish Line” with presenter Dr. Raquel Bermejo, associate VP for Market Research, Enrollment Management, Ruffalo Noel Levitz.
-- “Equipping Church Leaders: Encouraging Student Success through Raising Highly Capable Kids” with presenter Mike Haley, program director for Rezilient Kidz.

The 10:30 to 11:20 a.m. panel breakout sessions will feature:
-- a University Panel titled “Trial, Error and Solutions in Retaining Hispanics Students” with panelists Dr. Eloy Nolivos, assistant professor of Practical Theology at Oral Roberts University; Dr. Cory Hines, VP for Enrollment at Dallas Baptist University; Dr. Abe Jaquez, president of Baptist University of the Americas; Dr. Daniel E. Ruarte, professor and director of Master in Leadership Program, Life Pacific College; and moderator Chris Reeves, president of Shiloh University.
-- a Pastor Panel titled “From Sunday School to the College Classroom: Pastoral and Congregational Support in Our Students Educational Journey” with panelists the Rev. Rolando Rodriguez, senior pastor at Erez Church; the Rev. Juan Rivera, senior pastor at Victory Christian Center; and moderator Dr. Floralba Arbelo Marrero, associate professor of Education at Albizu University-MIA.

The 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. lunch sessions will feature Hispanic student testimonies.

The 1:10 to 2 p.m. workshop sessions will include:
-- Workshop 1 titled “Engaging and Supporting Hispanic College Students on Campus and Online: What Hispanic Students Tell Us They Need” with presenter Dr. Floralba Arbelo Marrero, associate professor of Education at Albizu University-MIA;
-- Workshop 2 titled “Character Education: How Churches Aid Hispanic Academic Success through Partnering with Schools” with presenter Ingrid DeDecker, director of Partner with Schools;
-- Workshop 3: titled “5+ Things Universities Should Know About Hispanic Students” with presenter Dr. Gus Reyes, director of Christian Life Commission-BGCT.

The 2:10 to 3 p.m. panel breakout 2 sessions will include:
-- Panel 1 titled “University Panel - Students Services: Value-added Assets to Boost Hispanic Student Success” with panelists Dr. Rob Pool, VP for Student Affairs at Ashland University; Beverly Robinson, director of Career Development for Southwestern Assemblies of God University; and moderator Dr. Daniel F. Flores, Public Services librarian and adjunct history instructor for Tarrant County College - Arlington.
-- Panel 2 titled “Mentoring on the College Campus: What We’ve Done and What More Can We Do” with panelists Mark Vera, director for Destino Movement; Martin Avila, program coordinator for the Multicultural Student Development Office at Calvin College; Natasha Curtis, chair of the Hispanic Leadership Council for the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Kent State University; and moderator/lead panelist Dr. Gabe Veas, assistant professor of Mentorship and Community Transformation at Ashland University.

The 3:10 to 4:10 p.m. closing session and award presentation will feature the keynote address by Dr. Carmen Serrata as well as the presentation of the 2018 Hispanic Education Impact Award.

Ashland University, ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2018, is a mid-sized, comprehensive private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Religiously affiliated with the Brethren Church, Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) deeply values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###