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MDC and USDA to Host National Federal Grants Conference and Webcast

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Miami, October 13, 2011 - Miami Dade College’s (MDC) North Campus and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Hispanic Serving Institutions National Program (HSINP) will host a National Federal Grants Conference for representatives of Hispanic-Serving Institutions on Friday, October 21, 2011 from 1 to 5 p.m. The conference will also be webcasted live to more than 300 institutions nationwide. 

The theme for this year’s conference is "Advancing Higher Education, Science & Outreach,” and it will explore how government and academic institutions can work as partners to overcome challenges and achieve success. Participants will have an opportunity to interact with federal officials and learn about government funding opportunities available to their institutions.

“We are very pleased and honored to host this very timely conference at Miami Dade College’s North Campus,” said Dr. José A. Vicente, president, MDC North Campus. “The Obama Administration has clearly conveyed the message of the critical role of our nation’s colleges in the recovery of the economy. Federal grant funding opportunities help accelerate this process.”

“It is important for government and education leaders to cultivate strategic partnerships to solve many of the challenges facing our nation,” said Maria Goldberg, executive director of the USDA’S HSINP. “The Federal Grants Conference is designed to inform leaders of educational institutions about government funding opportunities.”

Participating government agencies include the USDA, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Endowment for the Arts and National Institutes of Health.

 The USDA’s HSINP promotes the continued growth of Hispanic enrollment in higher education. This mission is accomplished through strategic partnerships with colleges and universities across the country. Further emphasis is placed on faculty and students through fellowship, scholarship, and internship opportunities. In addition, the program promotes grant, funding, and collaborative opportunities. Through these efforts the HSINP staff strives to identify, educate, mentor, and develop future leaders. 

National Federal Grants Conference

  • WHEN: Friday, Oct. 21, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • WHERE: MDC North Campus 11380 NW 27 Ave. Science Complex, Lecture Hall A-104

The conference is free and open to HSINP representatives. To register, please visit

For more information, please contact Vladimir Diaz, at 305-237-8550 or


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