May 19, 2010

BRIDGEPORT - Juan Sepulveda, director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, will be the keynote speaker at Housatonic Community College graduation ceremonies Thursday, May 27.

Sepulveda is responsible for directing the efforts of the White House Initiative in engaging Hispanic students, parents, families, organizations, and others working with the education system as active participants in improving the academic achievement of Hispanic Americans. He visited Housatonic in September, 2009, as part of a community conversation held to gather input from attendees on how Latino educational attainment can and should be improved and what the White House Initiative should be doing to facilitate this improvement.

For the last 20 years, Sepulveda has been a senior executive, strategist, and advocate in the nonprofit and philanthropic communities, with a focus in community development, capacity building, and transformational management. Prior to assuming his current position at the Department, Sepulveda was president of The Common Enterprise (TCE), which he founded in 1995 to help build stronger communities across America by making nonprofits, philanthropic organizations, governments, businesses, and communities more effective as they tackled significant critical social issues in more than 35 states and nationally.

Commencement will begin at 7 p.m. in the Arena at Harbor Yard.