As Chief of Staff, Maribel will work on amplifying and implementing the Initiative’s mission of increasing the Hispanic community’s education attainment levels through key partnerships, communication strategies and operational best practices.
With over 10 years of experience as an operations and administrative manager, Maribel has been recognized for being pragmatic and tactful, a thoughtful partner and a dedicated public servant. She began her career in the Chicago Public Schools, first as an administrative associate in the Office of Technology Services in 2001, and then as executive assistant to Arne Duncan, the district’s CEO at the time, from 2005 to 2009.
Maribel is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in English language and literature at Southern New Hampshire University, and is the mother of two children. She and her family reside in Falls Church, Va.
A record seven-in-ten (69%) Hispanic high school graduates in the class of 2012 enrolled in college that fall, two percentage points higher than the rate (67%) among their white counterparts. Additionally, the most recent available data show that in 2011 only 14% of Hispanic 16- to 24-year-olds were high school dropouts, half the level in 2000 (28%). Read more.
When it comes to repaying your federal student loans,
there’s a lot to consider. But, by taking the time to understand the details of
repayment, you can save yourself time and money. This should help you get
- I should have kept track of what I was borrowing.
- I should have made interest payments while I was still in school.
- I should have kept my loan servicer in the loop.
- I should have figured out what my monthly loan payments were going to be
BEFORE I went into repayment.
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*Of the roughly 3 million students receiving degrees at 4-year Title IV institutions [Title IV schools are institutions that process
U.S. federal student aid], 46 percent were 18 to 24 years old. Read NCES Report.
*Institutions reported a 12-month unduplicated headcount enrollment totaling about 29 million individual students. Of these, roughly 25.2 million were undergraduates and approximately 3.8 million were graduate students. NCES Report.
*Between 1990 and 2012, the educational attainment rate of
25- to 29-year-olds who received at least a high school diploma or its
equivalent increased for Hispanics from 58 to 75 percent.
This month we invite you to learn about Eduardo J.
Padrón, Ph.D. He is currently the Chair for the Presidential
Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics and the President
of Miami Dade College (MDC).
In 2009, Time magazine listed him as one of the “Top 10 Best College Presidents.” He is highly recognized for his leadership at MDC, which enrolls and graduates the most minorities than any other higher institution in the US.
What aspect of higher education are you most passionate
about? I am most passionate about fulfilling the opportunity to
learn. Learning isn’t optional; if we don’t exercise this intrinsic capacity,
each of us is so much less than what we can be. In the U.S., the chance to go
to college should be available to everyone. This should be the case not only
because a changing workforce demands college-level learning, but also because
human beings need to learn to reach their potential.
What is the most crucial piece of advice you’ve ever been
given? As I left my homeland for America, as a teen without my
parents, my mother’s last words before my flight were that ‘whatever you do, go
to college and get an education. If the road is hard, if you are hungry, if you
are tired, do not give up on completing your college education. In life, most
things can be lost or taken away. An education is something no one or no
situation can take away.’
Many students are about to graduate; what one piece of advice
would you give to students who will receive a certificate/degree in the next
few weeks? Know yourself. Know what you want and love to do and if you
don’t yet know, that’s okay. But explore, ask questions, find people you trust,
be in discovery mode as much as you can. Make a commitment to keep learning
because you are about to enter the most volatile workforce environment we’ve
ever seen. Entire industries and careers emerge and disappear in the blink of
an eye, and the willingness to continue learning is the only real anchor.
During June we celebrate Father’s Day. What unique role do
you believe fathers play in the educational achievements of their children? We need to pass on the legacy of education from one
generation to the next. My father did not attend college but he and my mother
valued education. They helped me understand the importance and I took it as my
responsibility to pass that understanding on to my son and my grandchildren. We
want our children to have wonderful lives, better than what we had. Encouraging
them to learn and fulfill their own lives is the best love we can offer.
What is the best way to conduct outreach to engage minority
and disadvantaged students in higher education? Dreams can begin at a young age which implies that going to
college begins with encouragement from a young age. This is really a community
endeavor that should include parents, all sectors of education, the business
community, civic organizations and government support. We need to ensure that
children growing up know that college is possible, necessary and that the
support to help them is present. As a nation, we need to dramatically increase
the percentage of college-going students if our families, communities and
economy are to achieve a strong foundation.
Read more about Eduardo J. Padrón, Ph.D. here.
Grant under the School Leadership Program: The School Leadership Program assists high-need local educational agencies in recruiting, training, and supporting principals. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: July 8, 201
Estimated Average Size of
Awards: $850,000 with an estimated 14-17 number of awards
For applicant information click here.
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