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Left Behind: Arizona State President to Discuss Latino Education Gap at Naleo Conference

Leading advocate for educational inclusiveness and thought leader Michael M. Crow to deliver insightful keynote, lead panel discussion on the national importance of educating Latinos  

Tempe, Ariz., June 19, 2018 – A national headline-making report released by nonprofit advocate The Education Trust, June 14, points out the sober reality that even as Latino and Black population growth is outpacing that of Whites, adults within these two minority groups are less likely to hold a college degree today than White adults were in 1990, keeping them susceptible to higher rates of unemployment, poverty, incarceration and use of public assistance.  Download Full Image

Arizona State University President Michael M. Crow, one of the nation's top minds in higher education and proponent of college access for all, will deliver a keynote address Friday about the Latino education gap, and lead a panel discussion during the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials 35th annual conference held in Phoenix, June 20-23.

Crow's presentation will provide the latest demographic information, workforce trends and the likely impact to the nation's economic competitiveness if the education gap is not narrowed for Latinos--the nation's fastest growing minority group.

What: Keynote presentation and panel discussion on latest Latino education trends 

Who: Arizona State University President Michael M. Crow (keynote) and panelists Dr. John B. King, Jr., President and CEO, The Education Trust, former Secretary, U.S. Department of Education; Ms. Gabriella Gomez, Deputy Directory of Postsecondary Policy and Advocacy, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; and the Honorable Carlos A. Gimenez, Mayor of Miami-Dade County, Florida

When: Friday, June 22, 2018, 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (PST) 

Where: Arizona Biltmore, Frank Lloyd Wright Ballroom, 2400 East Missouri Avenue, Phoenix, and LIVE STREAMING at

Media: Journalists interested in attending the event in person, must RSVP to Jerry Gonzalez no later than Wednesday, 3 p.m. by emailing gerardo.gonzalez@asu.eduor calling (480) 727-7914. The event may also be seen online via the LIVE STREAM address above. 

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Arizona State University has developed a new model for the American Research University, creating an institution that is committed to access, excellence and impact. ASU measures itself by those it includes, not by those it excludes. As the prototype for a New American University, ASU pursues research that contributes to the public good, and ASU assumes major responsibility for the economic, social and cultural vitality of the communities that surround it.


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