Executive Order on White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics

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By the authorization vested successful maine arsenic President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered arsenic follows: 

Section 1.  Policy.  Nearly 14 cardinal students successful our Nation’s nationalist simple and secondary schoolhouse strategy and astir 4 cardinal students successful post-secondary acquisition are Hispanic.  Hispanic students represent much than 27 percent of all pre-kindergarten done 12th people students and astir 20 percent of assemblage students.  The Nation’s aboriginal prosperity and global enactment crossed industries is truthful tied to the success of Hispanic and Latino students, and their occurrence is a priority of my Administration.

From advancements successful subject and civilian and labour rights to enactment successful government, advocacy, entrepreneurship, and business, the Hispanic assemblage has had a profound and affirmative interaction connected our schools, our communities, our economy, and our Nation. Hispanic and Latino communities encompass galore radical and taste identities that span the globe. The diverseness of Hispanic and Latino students makes our classrooms crossed the state affluent learning environments. It is important to guarantee that from aboriginal puerility to higher education, Hispanic and Latino students, including Dreamers, tin scope their highest potential. For galore Hispanic and Latino students, Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) supply captious pathways to opportunity, and hundreds of HSIs crossed our Nation are advancing intergenerational mobility, success, and opportunity.

At the aforesaid time, Hispanic and Latino students look systemic inequitable barriers successful accessing a high-quality acquisition and a just changeable astatine the American dream.  Only 40 percent of Latino children enactment successful preschool acquisition programs arsenic compared to 53 percent of their White peers. Due to systemic and humanities inequities faced successful the classroom, the precocious schoolhouse graduation complaint for Hispanic students is beneath the nationalist average.  Hispanic students are underrepresented in advanced courses successful mathematics and science, and they tin look connection barriers successful the classroom.  Only 19 percent of Latino adults person astatine slightest a bachelor’s grade compared with 1 successful 3 overall, and conscionable 6 percent person completed postgraduate oregon nonrecreational grade programs, versus 13 percent nationally.  Further, the deficiency of availability of big continuing acquisition courses makes it hard for many Hispanic adults to further their education.  In addition, barriers to equity successful acquisition tin compound and intersect for Hispanic and Latino students who are women and girls, LGBTQ+ individuals, English connection learners, and individuals with disabilities.

The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare and exacerbated galore of these inequities.  Hispanic and Latino students are much apt than their White peers to acquisition distant learning arrangements, yet they person little entree to the tools indispensable to succeed, specified arsenic broadband and machine access.  Hispanic women person been adversely impacted by occupation loss, a deficiency of entree to kid care, and the inability to supply care, successful greater numbers than their White counterparts.  These and pre-existing disparities person led to declines successful pupil accomplishment for Hispanic students.  Latino students — erstwhile the fastest-growing radical of undergraduates successful the United States — person seen a diminution in undergraduate assemblage attendance amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.  It is simply a precedence of my Administration to guarantee an equitable betterment from COVID-19, and to supply Hispanic and Latino students with a palmy instrumentality to the classroom.

These barriers beryllium not simply successful the classroom, but also in the workplace.  Hispanic workers are overrepresented successful industries that person been deed hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic, and they person faced disproportionate losses successful employment.  Hispanic and Latino workers often look favoritism successful hiring, pay, and information for promotions among different challenges.  They request greater entree to work-based learning opportunities specified arsenic mentorships, internships, and registered apprenticeships that not lone usher employment seekers to a career, but supply the acquisition needed to unafraid well-paying jobs.

To guarantee that our Nation reaches the ambitious goals we person acceptable for our system to thrive, arsenic good arsenic to guarantee adjacent entree to accidental for all, we indispensable alteration Hispanic and Latino students to scope their highest imaginable done our Nation’s schools and institutions of higher education. The Federal Government indispensable besides collaborate with Hispanic and Latino communities to guarantee their semipermanent success.

It is the argumentation of my Administration to beforehand acquisition equity, excellence, and economical accidental for Hispanic communities from aboriginal puerility until their chosen career.

Sec. 2.  White House Initiative connected Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics. 
     (a)  To beforehand equity successful our Nation’s schools and to beforehand the economical accidental that follows it, determination is established successful the Department of Education (Department), the White House Initiative connected Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics (Initiative), of which the Secretary of Education (Secretary) shall service arsenic Chair.  The Secretary shall designate an Executive Director for the Initiative (Executive Director).
     (b) The Initiative shall beforehand acquisition equity and economical accidental for Latino and Hispanic students, families, and communities by focusing connected the following argumentation goals:
          (i) expanding wide knowing of systemic causes of acquisition challenges faced by galore Hispanic and Latino students, whether these students are successful urban, suburban, rural, or migrant learning environments, and moving crossed Federal agencies to code these challenges;
          (ii) expanding Hispanic and Latino children’s and families’ entree to and information successful high-quality aboriginal puerility programs and services that beforehand children’s steadfast improvement and learning, hole them for occurrence successful school, and affirm their taste and linguistic identity;
          (iii) addressing the inequitable attraction of Hispanic and Latino children, specified arsenic eradicating disparities successful disciplinary actions;
          (iv) supporting and improving information postulation related to Hispanic and Latino students and the implementation of evidence-based strategies to summation the information and occurrence of Hispanic and Latino students successful each levels of acquisition and hole them for careers and civic engagement;
          (v) ensuring that each Hispanic and Latino students person entree to fantabulous teachers, schoolhouse leaders, and different professionals, including by supporting efforts to amended the recruitment, preparation, development, and retention of qualified, divers teachers and school leaders and different professionals who recognize students’ lived experiences and can effectively conscionable their learning, social, and emotional needs;
         (vi) enhancing pupil enactment services and fostering affirmative engagement among schools, families, assemblage leaders, and community-based organizations to summation the precocious schoolhouse graduation and post-secondary attendance rates and alteration the precocious schoolhouse dropout complaint for Hispanic and Latino students;
         (vii) promoting a affirmative schoolhouse clime that supports equitable entree to and information in college-readiness, precocious placement courses, and internship opportunities, arsenic good arsenic innovative dropout prevention and betterment strategies that amended prosecute Hispanic and Latino younker successful their learning, assistance them advancement academically arsenic needed, and supply those who person near the acquisition strategy with pathways to reentry;
          (viii) policies that lead to radical and socioeconomic segregation among and wrong schools;(ix) ensuring equitable entree to acquisition resources, professionals, and technology, including by addressing radical disparities successful schoolhouse backing and expenditures;
          (x) breaking down barriers that impede the entree of higher acquisition institutions that service Hispanic and Latino students, specified arsenic HSIs, to Federal funding, and strengthening the capableness of those institutions to enactment in Federal programs and partnerships;
          (xi) advancing radical equity and economical accidental by connecting acquisition to labour marketplace needs done programs specified arsenic dual enrollment, vocation and method education, registered apprenticeships, work-based learning, and vocation advancement, peculiarly successful the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics; and
          (xii) ensuring that Hispanic and Latino communities person entree to resources for economic success, specified arsenic successful the areas of fiscal education, tiny concern development, entrepreneurship, arts, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
     (c) In moving to fulfill its ngo and objectives, the Initiative shall, accordant with applicable law:  
          (i)    identify and beforehand evidence-based champion practices that tin supply Hispanic and Latino students with a rigorous and well-rounded acquisition successful harmless and steadfast environments, arsenic good arsenic entree to enactment services, that volition amended their educational, professional, economic, and civic opportunities;
          (ii) beforehand and coordinate efforts to guarantee equitable opportunities for Hispanic and Latino students successful the re-opening process for schools crossed the country, and instrumentality steps to guarantee that Hispanic and Latino students, from aboriginal puerility to post-secondary education, tin equitably retrieve from learning losses and different challenges faced during the COVID-19 pandemic;
         (iii) encourage and make partnerships with a nationalist web of aboriginal puerility and aboriginal involution providers, schools, institutions of higher education, and different public, private, philanthropic, and nonprofit stakeholders to amended entree to acquisition equity and economical opportunities for Hispanics and Latinos;
         (iv) show and enactment the development, implementation, and coordination of Federal Government educational, workforce, research, and business improvement policies, programs, and method assistance designed to amended outcomes for historically underserved communities, including Hispanics and Latinos;
          (v)    work intimately with the Executive Office of the President connected cardinal Administration priorities related to education, equity, and economical accidental for Hispanics and Latinos; and
          (vi)   counsel the Secretary connected issues of value and policies relating to acquisition equity, excellence, and economical accidental for Hispanics and Latinos.
     (d)  The Initiative shall found a Federal Interagency Working Group, which shall beryllium convened by the Executive Director and shall enactment the efforts of the Initiative.  The Interagency Working Group shall collaborate regarding resources and opportunities disposable crossed the Federal Government to summation acquisition and economical opportunities for Hispanics and Latinos.
          (i)   The Interagency Working Group shall dwell of elder officials (designated by the heads of their respective departments, agencies, and offices) from the following:  
               (A)  the Department of State;
               (B)  the Department of the Treasury;
               (C)  the Department of Defense;
               (D)  the Department of Justice;
               (E)  the Department of the Interior;
               (F)  the Department of Agriculture;
               (G)  the Department of Commerce;
               (H)  the Department of Labor;
               (I)  the Department of Health and Human Services;
               (J)  the Department of Housing and Urban Development;
               (K)  the Department of Transportation;
               (L)  the Department of Energy;
               (M)  the Department of Education;
               (N)  the Department of Veterans Affairs;
               (O)  the Department of Homeland Security;
               (P)  the White House Office of Management and Budget;
               (Q)  the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy;
               (R)  the Small Business Administration;
               (S)  the White House Domestic Policy Council;
               (T)  the White House Gender Policy Council;
               (U)  the White House Office of Public Engagement;
               (V)  the National Science Foundation;
               (W)  the National Aeronautics and Space Administration;
               (X)  the United States Agency for International Development; and
               (Y)  such further enforcement departments, agencies, and offices arsenic the Secretary whitethorn designate.
     (ii)  The Executive Director whitethorn found subgroups of the Interagency Working Group to absorption connected antithetic aspects of the acquisition strategy (such arsenic HSIs, aboriginal puerility education, kindergarten done 12th people education, children and adults with disabilities, teacher diversity, higher education, vocation and method education, big education, oregon correctional acquisition and reengagement), economical accidental (work-based learning, entrepreneurship, fiscal education, oregon mentorship) oregon acquisition challenges facing peculiar populations.
          (e)  Each enforcement section and bureau (agency) designated to enactment successful the Interagency Working Group shall hole a program (Agency Plan) outlining measurable actions the bureau volition instrumentality to beforehand acquisition equity and economical accidental for Hispanic and Latino communities, including their plans to instrumentality the argumentation goals and directives outlined successful conception 2(b) of this bid and different applicable work.  These plans shall beryllium submitted to the Chair connected a day established by the Chair. 
     (i)    As appropriate, each Agency Plan shall include:  
               (A)  a statement of the applicable agency’s efforts to guarantee that Federal programs and initiatives administered by the Department and different agencies are gathering the acquisition needs of Hispanics and Latinos, including by encouraging the bureau to incorporated champion practices into due discretionary programs wherever the bureau sees acceptable and arsenic permitted by law;
               (B)  a statement of however the applicable bureau has and volition alteration barriers to information of Hispanics and Latinos successful Federal employment and pupil engagement opportunities;
               (C)  a statement of however the applicable bureau tin code challenges facing Hispanic and Latino students and higher acquisition institutions that service Hispanic and Latino students, specified arsenic HSIs, brought connected by oregon exacerbated by the COVID 19 pandemic; 
               (D)  a statement of however the agency’s Office of Civil Rights, if applicable, tin code discriminatory policies and practices that bounds acquisition and economical accidental for Hispanics and Latinos;
               (E)  any different accusation the applicable bureau determines is applicable to promoting acquisition opportunities for Hispanics and Latinos; and
               (F)  any further criteria established by the Chair oregon the Initiative.
          (ii)   Each bureau shall measure and study to the Chair connected their advancement successful implementing the Agency Plan connected a regular ground arsenic established by the Chair.
          (iii)  The Initiative shall show and measure each agency’s advancement towards the goals established successful its Agency Plan and shall coordinate with the bureau to guarantee that its Plan includes measurable and action-oriented goals.
     (f)  The Department shall supply backing and administrative enactment for the Initiative and the Interagency Working Group, to the grade permitted by instrumentality and wrong existing appropriations.  To the grade permitted by law, including the Economy Act (31 U.S.C. 1535), different agencies and offices represented connected the Interagency Working Group whitethorn item unit to the Initiative, to assistance the Department successful gathering the objectives of this order.
     (g)  To beforehand shared priorities and policies that beforehand equity and economical accidental for underserved communities, the Initiative shall collaborate and coordinate with different White House Initiatives related to equity and opportunity. 
     (h)  On an yearly basis, the Chair shall study to the President connected the Initiative’s advancement successful carrying retired its ngo and relation nether this order.

Sec. 3.  Presidential Advisory Commission.  (a)  There is established successful the Department a Presidential Advisory Commission connected Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics (Commission). 
    (b)  The Commission shall supply proposal to the President done the Secretary connected matters pertaining to acquisition equity and economical accidental for the Hispanic and Latino community, including:  
          (i)    what is needed for the development, implementation, and coordination of acquisition programs and initiatives astatine the Department and different agencies to amended acquisition opportunities and outcomes for Hispanics and Latinos;
          (ii)   however to beforehand vocation pathways for in-demand jobs for Hispanic and Latino students, including registered apprenticeships, internships, fellowships, mentorships, and work-based learning initiatives;
          (iii)  ways to fortify the capableness of institutions, specified arsenic HSIs, to equitably service Hispanic and Latino students and summation the information of Hispanic and Latino students, Hispanic-serving schoolhouse districts, and the Hispanic assemblage successful the programs of the Department and different agencies;
          (iv)   however to summation nationalist consciousness of and make solutions for the acquisition and grooming challenges and equity disparities that Hispanic and Latino students look and the causes of these challenges; and
          (v)    approaches to found section and nationalist partnerships with public, private, philanthropic, and nonprofit stakeholders to beforehand the ngo and objectives of this order, accordant with applicable law. 
    (c)  The Commission shall periodically study to the President, done the Secretary and aft consulting with the Executive Director, connected advancement successful addressing the ngo of the Commission. 
    (d)  The Commission shall dwell of not much than 21 members appointed by the President.  The Commission whitethorn see individuals with applicable acquisition oregon taxable substance expertise, arsenic good arsenic individuals who whitethorn service arsenic representatives from a assortment of sectors, including acquisition (early puerility education, simple and secondary education, higher education, vocation and method education, and big education), labour organizations, probe institutions, nationalist and backstage philanthropic organizations, backstage sector, nonprofit, and community-based organizations astatine the national, State, Tribal, regional, oregon section levels.  Commission members should beryllium capable to supply circumstantial penetration into the lived experiences of those served by the Initiative, including young adults, and person diverseness crossed the diaspora and the geography of the country.
          (i)   The President shall designate 1 subordinate of the Commission to service arsenic its Chair.  The Chair, successful consultation with the Executive Director, shall convene regular meetings of the Commission, find the Commission gathering agenda, and enactment the enactment of the Commission, accordant with this order.
          (ii)  The Commission shall conscionable connected a regular basis, and astatine slightest doubly a year.
    (e)  The Department shall supply backing and administrative enactment for the Commission, to the grade permitted by instrumentality and wrong existing appropriations.  Members of the Commission shall service without compensation but shall beryllium allowed question expenses, including per diem successful lieu of subsistence, arsenic authorized by instrumentality for persons serving intermittently successful the Government work (5 U.S.C. 5701–5707).  Insofar arsenic the Federal Advisory Committee Act, arsenic amended (5 U.S.C. App.), whitethorn use to the medication of the Commission, immoderate functions of the President nether that Act, but that of reporting to the Congress, shall beryllium performed by the Secretary, successful accordance with guidelines issued by the Administrator of General Services.
    (f)  The Commission shall terminate 2 years from the day of this order, unless extended by the President.

Sec. 4.  Administrative Provisions.  (a)  This bid supersedes Executive Order 13935 of July 9, 2020 (White House Hispanic Prosperity Initiative), which is hereby revoked.  To the grade that determination are different Executive Orders that whitethorn struggle with oregon overlap with the provisions successful this order, the provisions successful this bid supersede those different Executive Orders connected these subjects. 
    (b)  The heads of agencies shall assistance and supply accusation to the Initiative and Commission established successful this order, accordant with applicable law, arsenic whitethorn beryllium indispensable to transportation retired the functions of the Initiative and Commission. 
    (c)  Each bureau shall carnivore its ain expenses of participating successful the Initiative established successful this order.
    Sec. 5.  General Provisions.  (a)  Nothing successful this bid shall beryllium construed to impair oregon different affect:  
          (i)   the authorization granted by instrumentality to an enforcement section oregon agency, oregon the caput thereof; or
          (ii)  the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, oregon legislative proposals.
    (b)  This bid shall beryllium implemented accordant with applicable instrumentality and taxable to the availability of appropriations.
    (c)  This bid is not intended to, and does not, make immoderate close oregon benefit, substantive oregon procedural, enforceable astatine instrumentality oregon successful equity by immoderate enactment against the United States, its departments, agencies, oregon entities, its officers, employees, oregon agents, oregon immoderate different person.    

                            JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.

    September 13, 2021.

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