Hi, I’m Julie Rodriguez, the new Latino liaison for the White House Office of Public Engagement. I’m joining the Office of Public Engagement from the Department of the Interior and I am thrilled to work with the Latino community on outreach for this administration. Expect weekly updates from me and our office, as well as special updates on what President Obama and this administration are doing for Latinos across the country.
The White House Office of Public Engagement has a number of important announcements and updates to share with you. Last week was the third week of Hispanic Heritage Month. “Renewing the American Dream – For Our Future,” our theme for the week focused on providing quality educational experiences for Hispanics and all students. Hispanics are the largest minority group in the education system with more than 1 in 5 students in the nation’s public schools, but have the lowest education attainment level overall, according to a report by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics (pdf).