|Latino Higher Education Advocate of the Year Award Presented to the Latino Action Network by the Latino Institute, Inc. on April 9, 2014 in Trenton, New Jersey.|
April 9, 2014
Members of the Latino Action Network were honored to join The Latino Institute at their opening Luncheon at the Latinos and the Future of Higher Education conference that was held on April 9, 2014 at the Lafayette Yard Hotel (formerly the Marriott), in Trenton, New Jersey. The keynote speaker at the luncheon was Dr. Alberto Acereda from Educational Testing Service (ETS). He spoke on the issue college affordability and retention.
Prior to the keynote speaker, The Institute recognized the Latino Action Network (LAN) and the New Jersey DREAMERS with Awards as the "Latino Higher Education Advocates of the Year".
The Latino Institute President, Bill Colon, cited LAN’s contribution to the effort to pass the New Jersey DREAM Act, which makes In-State Tuition rates available to undocumented college students in New Jersey, as the key factor in selecting the Latino Action Network to receive their “Latino Higher Education Advocates of the Year” award. Frank Argote-Freyre, President of the Latino Action Network, humbly accepted the award on behalf of the organization and all of the LAN members that contributed to the overall effort that led to the passage of the New Jersey DREAM Act.
"The members of the Latino Action Network are honored to have received this award from The Latino Institute.", said Argote-Freyre after the event. "We are also honored to have been able to work with so many organizations, including The Latino Institute and the New Jersey DREAM Act Coalition, to pass such important legislation that will make the dream of obtaining a college education a reality for so many talented and dedicated students in our community."