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HISPA wishes Mr. Joseph Acaba the very BEST in the amazing journey he has undertaken

Joseph Acaba, an educator, hydrogeologist, and the first Puerto Rican NASA astronaut. In May 2004 he became the first person of Puerto Rican heritage to be named as a NASA astronaut candidate when he was selected as a member of NASA Astronaut Training Group 19. He is currently assigned to STS-119, which was launched on March 15, 2009 to deliver the final set of solar arrays to the International Space Station. Read more

HISPA Three Kings Banquet – January 12, 2017

HISPA 2017 Three Kings Banquet
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Pines Manor, 2085 Lincoln Highway (Rt. 27), Edison, NJ 08817

The Three Kings (the Three Wise Men) Banquet coincides with the traditional gift-giving period of the Nativity in Spanish-speaking countries. HISPA selected this theme to thank those whose gifts of support and volunteerism assure the success of its mission-driven programs.

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HISPA Role Model Program at Red Bank Middle School to Feature NJ Homeland Security Director Richard Cañas

PRESS ADVISORY: RED BANK, NJ – Richard Cañas, Director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, will speak to 7th- and 8th- graders at Red Bank Middle School during a HISPA Role Model program on Friday, Jan. 30, Noon. The school is at 101 Harding Road, Red Bank.
He will be accompanied by Dr. Ivonne Diaz-Claisse, president of HISPA, a national non-profit organization dedicated to providing professional Hispanic role models for young students. HISPA, which stands for Hispanics Inspiring Students’ Performance and Achievement, held its national launch this past September in New Jersey. Director Cañas is a recent recruit to the HISPA program.

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HISPA Role Model Program held at Academy of Engineering in San Diego, California

San Diego, California – January 16, 2009 –HISPA hosts its first HISPA Role Model Program in Madison High School in San Diego California. Joanna Clark, HISPA San Diego Champion, reaches out to her AT&T colleagues and her professional network to recruit local volunteers in support of our first event in San Diego. HISPA plans to continue identifying and coordinating role model visits for this Academy of Engineering as a pilot effort in San Diego.


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“2009 Three Kings Banquet” Celebration Shines with the Spirit of Collaboration

HISPA hosted the 2009 Three Kings Banquet in the Seabra’s Armory this past Saturday. Guests included AT&T’s HACEMOS, MERCK’s MHO, CHUBB’s CHLEN, NSHMBA NJ, Microsoft HOLA, USHAA and the Latino Leadership Alliance of NJ. Their presence reinforced the theme of the night: “Celebrating the Impact of our Collaboration”. In the picture, (L-R) Dr. Diaz-Claisse, Alvin Ruiz (Pfeizer), Mayra Caceres (AT&T), Yolanda Baker (CHUBB), Pedro Cuellar (Merck) and Julissa Germosen (Microsoft). Read more

Latino Leadership Institute Holds Seminar at Summit High School

The Summit Area YMCA Achiever Program sponsored a Latino Leadership Institute seminar supported by HISPA Role Model Bureau, (Hispanics Inspiring Student Performance and Achievement), and in partnership with the Summit Board of Education on Friday, October 24 at Summit High School. Over 45 Latino students attended this event along with teaching and administrative staff. Read more

HISPA’s Role Model Bureau Reaches More Than 1,000 NJ Students

Hispanic mentors will be in Red Bank, Passaic and Summit this week
NEW JERSEY – Since mid-October, HISPA’s Role Model Bureau has been quite busy providing support to educational programs across New Jersey. Mentors have shared their life stories – with an emphasis on educational achievements and professional accomplishments – during visits with more than 1,000 students in New Brunswick, Paterson, West New York and Summit.

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