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About the Prepárate Conference

The Prepárate™: Educating Latinos for the Future of America conference is a part of the College Board's commitment to educational excellence and equity for all students. The College Board and its members are focused on building an educated citizenry prepared to participate in American democracy, society, and economy, and Latino students’ success is crucial to this goal. Since 2007, educators and civic and community leaders have addressed the educational challenges facing Latino Americans. The importance of serving the nation’s growing Latino student population is paramount, given that the academic success of these students is crucial to achieving this goal and ensuring an integrated, competitive society. Prepárate is an unparalleled opportunity to discuss issues affecting the education of Latino students now and in the future.

Prepárate highlights national models that are successfully preparing Latino students for college success and life. At the conference, participants discuss new solutions, share best practices, and collaborate with colleagues to make a difference for Latino students. Latino K12 student population growth can be leveraged with the rich cultural history of resilience and succeeding against educational odds. The focus of Prepárate is to provide a platform for educators to present strategies that address the unique cultural and ethnic needs of this important group of students. 

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2019 Program

2018 Program

2017 Program

Modelo de la Comunidad

The Modelo de la Comunidad award is presented to individuals and organizations that have demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment to the improvement of the Latino community and others. While not specifically limited to the field of education, the awardee should be involved in work that encourages an educated society. The recognition is designed to acknowledge and honor the awardees contributions and to highlight their good works. The presentation of the Modelo award at the annual Prepárate conference provides a forum for our community to thank and support these leaders for their tireless advocacy and work to improve lives within our community.


2019—Exelencia in Education

2018—Dr. Richard A. Carranza, Chancellor, New York City Department of Education

2017—Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, President, Miami Dade College

2016—The Florida Partnership

2015—James Montoya, College Board

2015—Alejandra Ceja, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics

2014—John Quiñones, ABC News

2014—Soledad O’Brien, Starfish Media, CNN, HBO, Al Jazeera America

2019 Prepárate Committee​

Name Institution
* Yvonne Berumen Pitzer College
Jacqueline Black Marquette University
Griselda Castilla The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Mark Cortez Ohio State University
Jose DejesusGil San Jacinto College
Jillian Glaze Bunker Hill Community College
David Heredia Miami Dade College- Kendall Campus
* Jesus Jara Clark County School District
Digna Marte Bulkeley High School
Angelica Melendez South San Antonio High School
Cynthia Montalvo Felician University
Joseph Morales University of California, Irvine
* Jorge Ochoa College Track East Palo Alto
Mari Oropeza Geffen Academy at UCLA
Liz Ozuna San Antonio Independent School District
* Kasey Urquidez The University of Arizona-Tucscon

* Prepárate Committee Co-Chair/Honorary Co-Chair/Board of Trustee Liaison


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Prepárate 2021 | April 22–23, 2021
Los Angeles, CA