Felician University Recognized by White House for Initiatives on Education Excellence for Hispanics

Rutherford and Lodi, NJ—Felician University announced that its initiative on education excellence for Hispanic students was recognized by The White House.  The University has committed over a half million dollars to improve the academic success, persistence, and graduation rates of its Hispanic students by 5% for each of the next five years.

Dr. Dolores Henchy (left), Professor and Dean, Institutional Assessment and Academic Success Programs, and Cynthia Montalvo (right), Director, Financial Aid, talk at the White House reception with Jose Cabanas, the first Cuban ambassador to the United States in more than 50 years.

Dr. Dolores Henchy (left), Professor and Dean, Institutional Assessment and Academic Success Programs, and Cynthia Montalvo (right), Director, Financial Aid, talk at the White House reception with Jose Cabanas, the first Cuban ambassador to the United States in more than 50 years.

The White House recognition follows President Obama’s overarching challenge to the public and private sectors to make meaningful and quantifiable contributions to expand and support the educational outcomes and opportunities for the Latino community.

“As a Franciscan Felician institution, we strive every day to provide a diverse and inclusive learning environment for all students,” said Dr. Anne Prisco, president of Felician University. “This national recognition is an affirmation of our commitment to Hispanic students and their academic success,” she added.    

On October 15, 2015, on the culmination of Hispanic Heritage Month, President Obama announced 150 “commitments to action” with a collective investment of nearly $340 million thatwill build on, and accelerate federal, state, and local investments in high-quality education, from cradle-to-career for the nation’s Latino community.  The full list of commitments is featured at www.ed.gov/hispanicinitiative.  

“I was thrilled to receive a Presidential invitation to participate in the White House Hispanic Heritage Celebration. I am confident that Felician’s commitment to this worthwhile initiative will strengthen educational outcomes and opportunities for the Hispanic community here in New Jersey and throughout the nation,” said Dr. Dolores Henchy, Professor and Dean, Institutional Assessment and Academic Success Programs at Felician University.