National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week, 2023

CourtExecutive Office Of The President
Citation88 FR 62687
Published date13 September 2023
Record Number2023-19921
SectionPresidential Documents
Federal Register, Volume 88 Issue 176 (Wednesday, September 13, 2023)
[Federal Register Volume 88, Number 176 (Wednesday, September 13, 2023)]
                [Presidential Documents]
                [Pages 62687-62688]
                From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office []
                [FR Doc No: 2023-19921] Presidential Documents
                Federal Register / Vol. 88, No. 176 / Wednesday, September 13, 2023 /
                Presidential Documents
                Title 3--
                The President
                [[Page 62687]]
                 Proclamation 10619 of September 8, 2023
                National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week, 2023
                 By the President of the United States of America
                 A Proclamation
                 Education beyond high school should be a ticket to the
                 middle class--and across our Nation, more than 500
                 Hispanic-Serving Institutions have helped to make that
                 promise real, opening the doors of opportunity a bit
                 wider for generations of Hispanic college students.
                 During National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week, we
                 celebrate their important work.
                 Today's students are part of the most talented,
                 resilient, and diverse generation in our history. But
                 while creativity and work ethic are abundant, not
                 everyone has an equal shot yet. That is why Hispanic-
                 Serving Institutions are so essential. Two-thirds of
                 all Hispanic college students in America attend one;
                 they provide a quality education and empower
                 underserved students--including Dreamers and first-
                 generation college students--to earn degrees and build
                 better lives for their families. And with the Supreme
                 Court's recent decision to effectively end affirmative
                 action, their work is as critical as ever.
                 My Administration is committed to strengthening these
                 vital institutions and supporting their students
                 through graduation and beyond. The American Rescue Plan
                 invested $11 billion in Hispanic-Serving Institutions--
                 the largest investment in Hispanic college students in
                 our Nation's history. And through our White House
                 Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence,
                 and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics, we are working
                 together to support Hispanic and Latino college
                 students and invest in the future of Hispanic and
                 Latino communities.
                 We have also increased Pell Grants for low-income
                 families by the largest amount in over a decade, easing
                 the overwhelming cost of college for about half of all
                 Hispanic undergraduates. We fixed the Public Service
                 Loan Forgiveness program so borrowers who become
                 teachers, police officers, social workers, military
                 service members and other public servants get the debt
                 relief they are entitled to under the law. We are
                 reducing the amount that student loan borrowers have to
                 repay on their undergraduate loans to 5 percent of
                 their discretionary income each month, down from 10
                 percent--the most generous repayment program ever. That
                 is going to save the typical borrower around $1,000 a
                 year. And last year, I introduced the most ambitious
                 student debt relief plan ever, which was on the verge
                 of helping more than 40 million Americans. When the
                 Supreme Court wrongly struck down that plan, we moved
                 immediately to open an alternative path to relief that
                 could further reduce costs for many Hispanic borrowers.
                 No administration has fought harder for student debt
                 relief than mine--and we are not done yet.
                 This week, I am thinking about Julieta Garc[iacute]a,
                 the first Hispanic woman in history to serve as
                 president of an American college. Last year, I had the
                 honor of giving her the Presidential Medal of Freedom
                 for her work building a culture of excellence,
                 affirmation, and curiosity for generations of students.
                 Reflecting on her career, she once said, ``My job was
                 always to thrust open the doors of opportunity.'' That
                 is what Hispanic-Serving Institutions do--and that is
                 what America is all about: widening the aperture of
                 opportunity for everyone.
                [[Page 62688]]
                 NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of
                 the United States of America, by virtue of the
                 authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws
                 of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 10
                 through September 16, 2023, as National Hispanic-
                 Serving Institutions Week. I call on public officials,
                 educators, and all the people of the United States to
                 observe this week with appropriate programs,
                 ceremonies, and activities that acknowledge the many
                 ways these institutions and their graduates contribute
                 to our country.
                 IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this
                 eighth day of September, in the year of our Lord two
                 thousand twenty-three, and of the Independence of the
                 United States of America the two hundred and forty-
                 (Presidential Sig.)
                [FR Doc. 2023-19921
                Filed 9-12-23; 8:45 am]
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