In 2010, Raul Yzaguirre was appointed as the U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Department of State by President Barack Obama. Prior to his appointment, Yzaguirre served as Presidential Professor of Practice in Community Development and Civil Rights at Arizona State University since January 2005. From 1974 to 2004, he was President of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the nation's leading Hispanic advocacy organization and the largest constituency-based national Latino group. While at NCLR, Yzaguirre was the first Chair of the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans and Chair of the Smithsonian Institution Task Force on Latino Issues. In 1989-90, he was a Fellow in the Institute of Politics, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Before joining NCLR, Yzaguirre was Vice President for Technical Assistance at the Center for Community Change. He also co-founded and directed Interstate Research Associates, Inc., the first Mexican-American owned consulting firm. Yzaguirre began his professional career in the Migrant Division of the Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC. He helped establish several key national Hispanic groups, including the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, New America Alliance, and Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR). Yzaguirre is Board Chair of Raza Development Fund (the community development lending arm of NCLR) and AARP Services, Inc. He is a board member of United Way of America, Educate, Inc., and other nonprofits. Yzaguirre holds a BS in General Studies from The George Washington University in Washington, DC, and has five honorary degrees.
Establishing the Executive Order on Educational Excellence for Hispanics
In November 2009, Sarita Brown, President of Excelencia in Education, interviewed Raul Yzaguirre about the historical impact and future potential of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.
This is the introduction for the three-part video series of the interview. The focus of this video is the establishment the Executive Order on Educational Excellence for Hispanics (1989 - 2009).
Introduction - November 2009 Interview with Raul Yzaguirre on the
White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics
Part 1 - Establishing the Executive Order, 1989-1993
Part 2 - Continuation of the Executive Order on Educational Excellence for Hispanics,
Part 3 - Ideas for New Executive Order