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Hispanic Role Models Gather to Inspire the Future of America

Hispanic Role Models Gather to Inspire the Future of America

UPS, Crecer and HISPA Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month


Princeton, N.J. – Nonprofit organization HISPA (Hispanics Inspiring Students’ Performance and Achievement) will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at their annual HISPA Role Model Program Kick-Off and Recruiting Event themed, “20,000 Inspirational Stories = One Empowering Voice” on October 16 at 5:30 pm at UPS in Parsippany, N.J. Hosted by UPS and Crecer, the Hispanic/Latino Business Resource Group, the Kick-Off will bring together some 200 professionals dedicated to inspiring Hispanic youth.

The event will take place only 30 minutes from where HISPA began ten years ago, when the organization’s CEO, Dr. Ivonne Diaz-Claisse, stepped into a Newark classroom. She saw so many young Hispanic students who reminded her of herself as a child and was moved to share the obstacles she faced growing up in Puerto Rico. As a girl with a passion for math, teachers doubted her ability and discouraged her from pursuing an advanced degree. She found a role model in a Puerto Rican professor who had earned his Ph.D. in mathematics in the U.S. Inspired, she went on to do the same.

After speaking, a young Latina approached her and said, “I love chemistry. Now I know I can pursue a Ph.D., too.” Diaz-Claisse realized that Hispanic youth could not aspire to something they didn’t see. She left her ten-year career behind to lead HISPA, which mobilizes Hispanic professionals to serve as role models and examples to motivate students to stay in school and pursue a college education.

HISPA has since grown to 2,500 role models who together have made 762 classroom visits, sharing their stories with more than 9,000 students. The Kick-Off event will continue HISPA’s movement to share 20,000 stories by year 2020. Efforts and accomplishments like these lead to HISPA’s formal commendation by the New Jersey State Senate last week in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

“In a way, HISPA celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month every month of the year by showcasing the accomplishments of Hispanic professionals as a way to inspire the next generation,” said Diaz-Claisse.

Kick-Off speakers include Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) CEO, Cid Wilson; UPS Foundation President, Ed Martinez; and UPS Chief Information and Engineering Officer, Juan Perez.

HISPA events and educational programs are made possible by HISPA’s Co-Founding Partner, the Verizon Foundation, and Annual Partners the Comcast Foundation, ETS, the PSEG Foundation and Southwest Airlines, HISPA’s official airline partner.

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HISPA Role Model Damaris Garcia Highlighted by ETS: Helping Others is Her Call to Action

Damaris Garcia, Administrative Professional in Strategy Marketing and Growth (SMG), says that her call to action is to help others.

“We often take things for granted when they come to us without much effort,” she says. “I wasn’t raised in the most affluent household, but I always had the essentials. My parents made it a point to provide us with everything we needed; however, others are not so lucky and that is why I help.”


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Join the celebration: HISPA 2017 Three Kings Banquet Honorees!

Join us to celebrate HISPA’s accomplishments and to honor:

Walter Rodriguez, Verizon and Verizon HSO, SHARE AWARD – Role Model of the Year
Princeton University, INSPIRE AWARD – Champion of the Year
PSE&G, TRANSFORM AWARD – Corporation of the Year
Walt MacDonald, ETS, Leadership in Mentoring Award

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Hispanic Professionals Unite at Conference to Inspire New York City Youth

Hispanic Professionals Unite at Conference to Inspire New York City Youth: Hosted by Columbia University Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and National Nonprofit HISPA

Princeton, NJ – HISPA (Hispanics Inspiring Students’ Performance and Achievement) and Columbia Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), with support from Columbia Journalism School and the Double Discovery Center at Columbia College, will host a day-long Youth Conference at Columbia University on Friday, October 7, coinciding with Hispanic Heritage Month.

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Hispanic Professionals Commit to Inspire South Florida’s Youth

The City of Miami, Office of the Mayor, Hosts Role Model Program Kick-Off Event
Princeton, NJ – National nonprofit organization HISPA (Hispanics Inspiring Students’ Performance and Achievement) is launching their role model-based programming in Miami—as well as their newest initiative, VISION 2020: an effort to recruit Hispanic role models to share 20,000 inspirational stories with students. The launch and campaign will begin with the HISPA Miami Role Model Program Kick-Off and Recruiting Event, hosted by the City of Miami, Office of the Mayor, on September 30 at 5:30 pm. The evening will bring together Latino professionals from public and private sectors dedicated to inspiring our youth, including leaders from the Office of the Mayor, the Southern District of Florida Department of Justice, ESPN, UPS and Visa, among others. Read more

Register for HISPA’s Role Model Program Kick-off and Recruiting Events in Miami and New Jersey!

You are invited to attend our HISPA 2016 Kick-Off and Recruiting Events, themed “Honoring Our Stories, Building America’s Future.” Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with music, food, and networking while committing to SHARE, INSPIRE, and TRANSFORM the lives of students in Miami and across New Jersey and New York City!


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One Hundred Hispanic Volunteers to Inspire Youth to Imagine Great Futures at Princeton Youth Conference

June 3 Conference to Focus on College and STEM Career Opportunities, Will Feature Alfredo Ayala, Named One of Tech’s Most influential Latinos
Princeton, NJ, June 1, 2016 — HISPA (Hispanics Inspiring Students’ Performance and Achievement) will unite Hispanic mentors with 150 New Jersey students from Elizabeth, Perth Amboy and Summit at Princeton University for a youth conference themed “Take Action! Achieve Your Dreams” on Friday, June 3 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Co-sponsored by the Office of Human Resources at Princeton University and co-hosted by Verizon and the Verizon Hispanic Support Organization (HSO), HISPA’s 19th youth conference will emphasize the importance of continuing education and will introduce students to campus life and careers open to college graduates.

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Latino Role Models Will Inspire Students to Focus on College and Career at San Antonio’s May 13 Youth Conference

Princeton, NJ, May 2, 2016 — HISPA (Hispanics Inspiring Students’ Performance and Achievement) will unite Latino professionals with 150 San Antonio students from Anson Jones Middle School at St. Mary’s University for a youth conference on Friday, May 13 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hosted by the St. Mary’s Office of Student Retention with Annual Partner Educational Testing Service (ETS), the daylong conference, themed “Take Action! Achieve Your Dreams” fosters a college-going culture by exposing Latino youth to life on a university campus and a variety of careers open to those with a college education.

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