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Regent Partners with Alliance for Hispanic Christian Education

| March 4, 2010

Regent University has become a senior member of the Alliance for Hispanic Christian Education, which was launched by The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) and the Hispanic National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), America's largest Hispanic Faith Organization.

As a subsidiary of the Hispanic NAE, the Alliance will exist to serve as the facilitative platform for the Academy in service to American's largest ethnic demographic.

According to Rev. Samuel Rodriquez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, the Alliance is a consortium of Christian universities, colleges and seminaries committed to the recruitment and retention of Hispanic students.

"It serves as a platform for a national conversation about Hispanic education," Rodriguez explains. "We look at Christian colleges and look at the current dismal enrollment of Hispanic students and ask ourselves why?" Rodriguez further explains that this situation exists not just in Christian schools. "It's across the board," he says, "but we believe Christian schools have the answer. We believe Christian schools will serve as the catalyst for a national Hispanic education movement. We believe Christian schools will serve as the epicenter of this movement."

As the graduate school partner in the Alliance, Regent will offer Hispanic Christians educational platforms while simultaneously enhancing its outreach to the nation's largest ethnic community.

"This historic alliance paves the way for Regent and other Christian schools to reach out to the Hispanic community more effectively than ever before," says Dr. Carlos Campo, Regent's president-elect. "We want Latina/o students to know that a Christian college education is an excellent option for any student who is committed to academic excellence and spiritual growth. We look forward to providing a welcoming campus environment for all students God calls to Regent."

Rodriguez adds that the Alliance is now in the formulative stage, developing the right questions to ask in order to address the problems. "We're executing the diagnostics, conducting research and surveys in the Hispanic faith community, trying to learn what the obstacles are to Hispanic Christian education."

On September 15, the Alliance will meet on the campus of Regent University. In attendance will be college and university presidents from across the nation, along with key education leaders and stakeholders in the Hispanic Christian community.

More information about the September meeting will be forthcoming.


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