Hernando describes that the program will increase the number of Latinx students from HSIs studying abroad and enhance cultural exchange. Hernando and Liz will develop curriculum with a service-learning component in partnership with the three HSIs, Northwestern University, study abroad organizations, and an affiliate university in Mexico. The team’s goal is to send the first cohort of 7-10 students on a two-week program in the Summer of 2020.
“While working at IES Abroad and pursuing my Masters at Northwestern simultaneously, I’ve been able to combine by academic and professional passions. Representing Northwestern’s Higher Education Administration and Policy program is a great honor,” Hernando said. “Ultimately, I’m thrilled at the prospect of garnering support for my Commitment to Action in front of an inspiring audience of academic leaders, more than 1,000 students from around the globe, President Bill Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton.”
Hernando’s commitment to increase the participation of underrepresented students in study abroad is unrelenting and inspiring. As Diversity Relations Manager, he launched Tu Mundo in 2017, an outreach initiative designed to help more students at HSIs/Emerging HSIs to study and intern abroad. In March, Hernando discussed The Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Program Act with lawmakers as part of the 2018 NAFSA Advocacy Day.
Congratulations again to Hernando on this exciting opportunity!