HETS 2019 Virtual Best Practices Showcase’s new deadline to submit Proposals is December 3rd, 2018.

HETS its pleased to announce that the deadline to submit online proposals for the 2019 Virtual Best Practices Showcase has been extended until December 3rd! To submit online use the form provided at 2019 VBPS online submission. As you will find in the Call for Proposals document (click here to download the document), the 2019 Virtual Best Practices Showcase will focus on three main tracks:  

  • Access
  • Retention, and
  • Online Learning and Technology Integration

The Virtual Best Practices Showcase will be held from February 7 to 15, 2019. The main purpose of this event is to highlight and celebrate the outstanding work of our member institutions in meaningfully and strategically using technology to achieve Hispanic student success. The event will be free of charge to our member institutions, and no travel cost is required to participate, since it will be completely online. This Virtual Best Practices Showcase will be a combination of live and asynchronous online presentations with forums to interact with presenters and participants.  

The Virtual and face to face Best Practices Showcases will provide a continuous space for HETS member institutions sharing their expertise in dealing with the Hispanic population and finding ways to provide them with opportunities to succeed. Moreover, participants not only will be able to learn from the showcased works, but also find solutions to many common issues and even establish new possibilities for collaboration with other institutions and potential partners. For more information you can send us an email to: info@hets.org or call our office: (787) 250-1912 exts. 2372, 2373. 

 Don’t forget to share and help us promote this Call for Proposals among your colleagues. Thank you in advance for your support to this important matter, and unwavering support to HETS!

Inter Derecho te invita a su Casa Abierta (20 de octubre)

Descargue aquí el afiche de la Casa Abierta.

La Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico llevará a cabo su tradicional CASA ABIERTA el sábado, 20 de octubre de 2018 a las 10:00 AM. HETS tendrá su sesión informativa en el Anfiteatro III.

La CASA ABIERTA está dirigida a estudiantes de maestrías y bachilleratos y a otros profesionales con interés de continuar estudios en Derecho.  En la CASA ABIERTA,  los asistentes podrán compartir con estudiantes, profesores y ex alumnos de la Facultad y conocer de primera mano las fortalezas de la educación jurídica en esta Facultad de Derecho, así como el agradable ambiente de estudios y confraternización académica que le caracteriza.  

Se ofrecerá además información sobre la preparación para los estudios de Derecho, los requisitos de admisión, el programa de estudios, las aportaciones académicas y sociales de sus estudiantes y profesores,  las ayudas económicas disponibles, los servicios estudiantiles, la variedad de organizaciones estudiantiles, y los programas internacionales y de movilidad estudiantil, entre otros.

Dirección física: Calle Federico Costa # 170, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico (Cerca de Plaza Las Américas)


Para más información puede comunicarse a la Oficina de Admisiones al (787) 751- 1912  ext. 2056, 2013 o

Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad Interamericana de PR Apartado 70351 San Juan, Puerto Rico 00936-8351

(787) 751- 1912 Ext. 2056, 2013


HETS Board of Directors appoints first members of its Advisory Committee.

During its Summer Board Meeting, HETS officers unanimously approved the inception of a HETS Advisory Committee. The members of this Advisory Committee are nominated as a recognition of their proven support to HETS as a former Board member and Officer. The eligibility to be appointed for the Advisory Board, was based on the period they have served with distinction for five or more years in the Board of Directors. The Executive Committee identified and recommended candidates for the first inductees positions. HETS proudly welcomes and presents the members of this exclusive committee of distinguished professionals, as follows:

The main role of the excel nominees is to provide non-binding strategic advice to the HETS Consortium, through their active participation in Board of Directors meetings. The term of service on this Advisory Board shall be of two years, with the option of serving multiple terms.

HETS closes year 2017-2018 with Board Meeting in NYC, while starting the celebrations of its 25th Anniversary.

HETS Board Members during meeting at BCC.

The HETS summer Board of Directors meeting, and its 25th Anniversary celebration, were held July 12 and 13, 2018 in Bronx, NY, hosted by Bronx Community College of the City University of New York (CUNY). This Board meeting ends academic year 2017-2018, an intense year for the organization and its members, as it embarked on the implementation of recently Strategic Plan approved and presenting first year results on this meeting.

The strategic plan framework corresponding to years 2017-2020 is an extension of previous one, and its focused on core areas of access, retention and successful completion, and online learning / technology integration. Among the news shared with the Board were highlighted the major activities to support the organizational programmatic goals such as: tailored workshop offerings either online and new ones face to face; additional tools and services added to the HETS Virtual Plaza and HETS Website. Also, the results of our main events the HETS Best Practices Showcase, Student Leadership Showcases in PR and NY were presented, in which Student Ambassadors program participants shared with their peers the tools and resources free of charge available for them at the Student Placita of the HETS Virtual Plaza.

Board members also welcomed representatives from new members such as Northeast Lakeview College, Oklahoma City Community College, and University at Albany. During the second day of meeting the Board held a corporate session with current HETS partners like Educational Testing Services, and also welcomed EmblemHealth, and Interstaff, Inc. as new partners.

Event Moderator, Dr. Carlos Morales, TCC Connect Campus President.

As part of the Board meeting agenda, HETS celebrated the Special Event for Distance Learning contacts at our member’s institutions. This event was transmitted via live stream, moderated by Dr. Carlos Morales, President of TCC Connect Campus of Tarrant County College (access here the presentation handout). Attendees from member institutions like: EPD University, Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Eastern Connecticut State University, College of Staten Island, Tarrant County College, University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley, Hostos Community

Dr. Aubra Gantt (Tarrant County College) during the Distance Learning Event at BCC (July 13,2018).

College, Bronx Community College, California State University San Marcos, and Southeast Missouri State University, actively participated on the discussion held regarding the online learning survey data and examples shared to Board Members during this event. Soon, the video with the highlights of the discussion will be available to watch on our YouTube channel.

Executive Committee and meeting host during HETS 25th Anniversary luncheon.

Board Members closed the meeting with the 25th Anniversary celebration. As part of the celebration events; President Thomas Isekenegbe, and Vice President Irene R. Delgado from Bronx Community College; took invitees to a brief tour of the campus, which is the first community college to hold the honor of being one of the national sites newly designated as a National Historic Landmark. During the tour, guests and attendees visited the Gould Memorial Library, the Hall of Fame of Greatest Americans, and the outstanding new library facilities on North Hall. After that, Board Members, and, special guests’ attendees enjoyed the official luncheon where a video was shared to celebrate the first 25 Years of HETS history (access the link here). Dr. Carlos Vargas-Aburto, HETS Chair and President of Southeast Missouri State University; Dr. Antonio Pérez, President of Borough of Manhattan Community College, and Ms. Yubelkys Montalvo, HETS Executive Director presented the ceremony speeches’ before cutting the celebration cake. HETS 25th Anniversary celebrations will extend during next academic year until the Winter Board Meeting in Puerto Rico on February 2019.

HETS would like to extend its special thanks to President Thomas Isekenegbe; Dr. Irene R. Delgado, Vice President for Student Success, and all their staff at BCC for hosting these events at their facilities. For more information about HETS services, please visit www.hets.org, contact us via email info@hets.org or just call us at (787) 250-1912 exts. 2372/ 2373.

Hostos Community College hosted the Student Leadership Showcase in New York.

Hostos Community College hosted the Student Leadership Showcase held on April 23, 2018 at it’s Savoy Multi-purpose Room in Bronx, New York. More than 40 students from Hostos and Lehman College member institutions, participated of this event. The main purpose was to promote the access to free of charge online student services that can support their academic goals, and be able to share their interests and needs to help us create additional support services. This time students also learned about how to maximize the use of digital identity and social media to support their academic and professional goals.

Dr. David Gómez, President, Hostos Community College (CUNY)

The event started with a warm welcome message from the host, Dr. David Gómez, President at Hostos Community College. After his remarks, Ms. Yubelkys Montalvo, HETS Executive Director, presented Ms. Débora Menieur, HETS Student Ambassador, who shared a live demonstration of HETS student services at the HETS portal and the Student Placita. During this demonstration, students had the opportunity to learn where to find information about scholarships, internships, job search, practice of standardized tests, online tools and careers tips, among other services provided by HETS.

The event continued with the speech of Mr. Marcelo Rodríguez, Digital Transformation Leader at DMP Group, about the Personal Branding during the Digital Age.  During his presentation, Rodríguez emphasized on the importance of leveraging your personal brand or professional reputation to improve your chances towards the career you want. Attendees had the opportunity to learn how to take control of their digital visibility, identifying what makes them stand out, and then telling a unique story during recruitment.

As an added value to the event, students were able to network with peers who share same interests, while HETS Executive Director learned more about their interests and needs in order to further collaborate on exploring solutions and create innovative support services. The event concluded with a raffle of prizes among the participants, and the completion of the evaluation form distributed to receive the feedback of the event and the online services presented. HETS would like to make a special recognition to the support and help of the Hostos Community College personnel, especially President Gómez and his office staff including Jewel Clarke, Dolly Martínez and Diana Kramer for their collaboration. HETS also recognizes Mr. Nelson Ortiz, Conference Center Coordinator; Carlos Guevara; and Johanna Gómez for all coordination and promotion of the event. For more details about HETS services for students through the Student Placita please contact us in our office at 787-250-1912 extensions 2373, 2372 or just email us to: info@hets.org.

Débora Menieur, Marcelo Rodríguez and Yubelkys Montalvo.

Primer Congreso Internacional de Salud y Tecnología: Avances en Educación e Investigación (CISTEI)

EDP University, institución miembro de HETS inicia su 50 aniversario con la celebración del Primer Congreso Internacional de Salud y Tecnología: Avances en Educación e Investigación (CISTEI). El mismo está dirigido a las facultades relacionadas con las Ciencias de la Salud. Es esta una excelente oportunidad para todos los educadores en Salud, médicos y profesionales de la Salud física, mental y hasta no-tradicional y complementaria. Les invitamos a acceder el siguiente enlace: http://cistei-edp.org/ para mas detalles sobre el Congreso, los ponentes internacionales, los siete (7) ejes temáticos y el valor como información relevante y reciente en el cuidado de la salud y las nuevas tecnologías. Tarifas especiales disponibles para estudiantes y grupos. Entra al enlace http://cistei-edp.org/  para más información y contactos. Para descargar el afiche del Congreso pulse aquí.

¿Qué? : Congreso Internacional de Salud y Tecnología: Avances en Educación e Investigación (CISTEI)

¿Cuándo?: 8 y 9 de noviembre de 2018

¿Dónde?: Sheraton Convention Center, San Juan PR

Para más detalles del Congreso puede comunicarse con la Dra. Nydia N. Rivera Vera, Presidenta Comité de Programa CISTEI 2017 y Vice Presidenta Asociada de Investigación, Avalúo Académico y Desarrollo Institucional EDP University of Puerto Rico, Inc. Su teléfono es el (787) 765-3560, o via correo electrónico a: nrivera@edpuniversity.edu. Asiste, promueve y comparte, Puerto Rico como eje de la Educación e Investigación.







Casa llena durante la celebración del 5to Aniversario del HETS Student Leadership Showcase.

Más de 700 estudiantes participaron del 5to Aniversario del HETS Student Leadership Showcase el pasado viernes, 14 de septiembre de 2018 en el Teatro del Recinto Metropolitano de la Universidad Interamericana en Cupey. En esta edición, tuvimos casa llena con estudiantes de las instituciones afiliadas en Puerto Rico: American University, Atenas College, Universidad Carlos Albizu, Colegio Universitario de San Juan, EDP University, National University College, ICPR Junior College, Universidad Central del Caribe, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Universidad Politécnica, los anfitriones la Universidad Interamericana de PR además de instituciones invitadas como la Universidad Central de Bayamón, Atlantic University y la Pontificia Universidad Católica de PR.

Rectora del Recinto Metro de la UIPR, Prof. Marilina Wayland.

Con una agenda muy variada, el evento comenzó cuando el animador y miembro del Comité Asesor de Estudiantes de HETS, el Prof. Albert Troche, dio una cálida bienvenida a los asistentes. A este saludo se unió la Rectora del Recinto Metro, la Profa. Marilina Wayland y la Directora Ejecutiva de HETS, la Sra. Yubelkys Montalvo. Inmediatamente, tomaron el escenario los talentos del Popular College Tour (Alex Díaz, Natalia Lugo, Daniel “El Travieso”, el Tipo Oficial. Black Rhythm y Poeta SF) quienes con su humor e ingenio musical dieron consejos a los estudiantes sobre el manejo de dinero. Entre las intervenciones de improvisación musical, comedia y canto estilo “karaoke”, llevaron a cabo concursos entre los artistas y estudiantes del público, con premios para ellos. Entre los premios otorgados a los estudiantes se entregaron tarjetas de ATH del Banco Popular de $60.00, tarjetas de regalo de restaurantes y boletos para conciertos.

Continuando con la agenda del evento, el Presidente de Internet Society de PR, el Ing. Eduardo Díaz, habló a los estudiantes sobre las oportunidades que tienen dentro de ICANN, organización mundial encargada de la estructura del Internet y su gobernanza. Entre las oportunidades mencionadas podemos citar; el programa Next Gen enfocado en el desarrollo de jóvenes líderes dentro de la gobernanza del internet, mentorías y becas para participar de los eventos anuales de ICANN alrededor del mundo, entre muchos otros más. Luego, el Prof. Albert Troche dirigió una dinámica entre varios estudiantes quienes compitieron en vivo en una trivia interactiva para conocer quién de ellos tenía mayor conocimiento de los servicios de HETS y las herramientas libres de costo que tienen accesible a través de la Plaza Virtual de HETS y sus bases de datos TERC y Career Transitions.

Dr. Gabriel Paizy

Luego de la trivia de servicios de HETS, el Dr. Gabriel Paizy; Director de la Escuela de Comunicación Ferré Rangel de la Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, colaborador de HETS y creador del movimiento En Buen Español, compartió con los presentes varias herramientas sobre el arte de hablar en público con su acostumbrada habilidad y perspicacia. Esto dio paso a la representante de la Cámara de Comercio Exportación de PR presentando el programa PR Emprende y como este les ayuda motivar a los jóvenes a emprender y a que conozcan los incentivos y apoyo que hay para ellos. También, una representante de Casa Grande Multimedia se dirigió a los presentes para dar a conocer su iniciativa “Uno a Uno”. Este es un programa de mentoría voluntaria para que los estudiantes participantes aumenten su asistencia, participación y responsabilidad académica en la escuela mientras aumenta su progreso académico en las materias básicas, logrando así cumplir con los requisitos para completar su de grado.

Desde Malawi, Africa, nos visitó William Kamkwamba.

La última parte fue una sección que ha sido constante en los eventos Student Leadership Showcase: la presentación de proyectos innovadores de estudiantes de las instituciones miembros de HETS. En esta ocasión la estudiante Ayareliz Valcárcel, del Recinto Metro de la UIPR presentó su proyecto: Juegos interactivos educativos-promocionales. Una parte especial del evento fue la presentación especial del ingeniero africano William Kamkwamba, autor del libro The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, quien sacó unos minutos de su cargada agenda de promoción de su iniciativa internacional Moving Windmills, para compartir su historia y exhortar a los estudiantes a que continúen con su educación. El último mensaje de la agenda estuvo a cargo del Capitán Arland Miller de Cape Air, presentando el programa de aviación que tiene su Empresa con la Universidad Interamericana, Recinto de Bayamón.

“Estamos muy complacidos de que por quinta vez consecutiva pudimos realizar este encuentro de líderes universitarios para exponerlos a oradores invitados y familiarizarlos con la gran cantidad de servicios gratuitos que HETS ofrece para apoyarlos en su carrera académica, y que a su vez nos ayuden a compartir esta información con los estudiantes en sus instituciones”, dijo Yubelkys Montalvo, directora ejecutiva de HETS. Como resultado de pasados eventos, HETS creó el Comité Asesor de Estudiantes que ayuda a coordinar eventos futuros y a identificar los intereses y necesidades de este grupo, para colaborar en la búsqueda de soluciones y servicios que los apoyen. Estos estudiantes fueron presentados, junto a los estudiantes Embajadores de HETS. Montalvo añadió que “este año continuamos con más de 20 Estudiantes Embajadores, quienes recibirán una ayuda económica para promover los servicios para estudiantes en sus instituciones, como parte del Programa auspiciado por la Fundación Francisco Carvajal.”

Celebrando el 5to Aniversario de HETS, el DVJ King Arthur

Para finalizar con el evento la Directora Ejecutiva de HETS, Yubelkys Montalvo reconoció la colaboración de nuestros auspiciadores, anfitriones y colaboradores que nos han apoyado durante los últimos cinco años para el éxito de este evento que celebra el liderazgo estudiantil entre nuestras instituciones miembros. Además, se presentaron los auspiciadores del evento: Inter Metro, Banco Popular de PR, ETS, Claro, Goya, Cape Air, Krispy Kreme, Café Yaucono, Coca Cola, Casa Grande Interactive, PR Emprende, InterTec, Costco, Frito Lays, Hotel Intercontinental, International Restaurants, Office Max y Camera Mundi. Concluidas las presentaciones en el Teatro, los participantes pasaron al Centro de Estudiantes donde se realizaron rifas de regalos cortesía de nuestros auspiciadores, disfrutaron de un suculento almuerzo cortesía de la Rectora del Recinto Metropolitano de la UIPR y bailaron con la música del DVJ King Arthur. Para más información sobre HETS y sus servicios puede comunicarse vía correo electrónico a info@hets.org, o llamando al (787) 250-1912 exts. 2373 / 2372.

Natalia Lugo y Daniel “El Travieso”, como parte del Popular College Tour.

Los comediantes, Alex Díaz, El Tipo Oficial y Natalia Lugo como parte del Popular College Tour.

Presentación de los Estudiantes Embajadores de HETS.

Parte de los participantes del evento, estudiantes de las instituciones miembros de HETS (EDP University).


HETS Executive Committee elected during the 2018 summer Board Meeting in New York.

Dr. Carlos Vargas has been reelected as HETS Chair.

HETS Executive Committee elections were held during the annual summer Board Meeting celebrated at Bronx Community College, NY on July 13, 2018. President of Southeast Missouri State University, Dr. Carlos Vargas-Aburto, was reelected as HETS Chair. Collaborating with Dr. Vargas-Aburto, Dr. Carlos Morales, President of TCC Connect at Tarrant County College in Texas, was elected as new Vice Chair.

Part of the elected HETS Executive Committee during Board Meeting at BCC, July 2018.

Board Members agreed to reelect: Mr. Manuel J. Fernós, President of the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, as Treasurer; Eng. Gladys Nieves, President of EDP University as Secretary; Dr. Lorena Checa, Vice President for Student Affairs at California State University San Marcos; and Dr. David Gómez, President, Hostos Community College (CUNY) as Regional Representatives for the West and East areas respectively. A new appointment was also approved by the Board for Dr. Gloria Baquero, President of National University College as Regional Representative. All appointments started term on July 1st, 2018 for two years as stated in HETS Bylaws. To learn more about recently elected HETS Board Officers please visit: Meet the Executive Committee.

Dr. Antonio Pérez: A Recognition to a One of a Kind Board Member.

President Perez expressing his appreciation to HETS organization and fellow Board Members. Here with HETS Executive Committee and Executive Director.

HETS celebrated it’s summer Board of Directors meeting closing academic year 2017-18, and starting the celebration of its 25th anniversary on July 12 and 13, 2018 in Bronx, NY. This was an excellent opportunity to surprise Dr. Antonio Pérez, President of Borough of Manhattan Community College, on his last participation on this meeting as one of our Board Members since 1999. He also was invited to give the main speech during the first event of the HETS anniversary celebration.

Perez watching his path through HETS since 1999 on a photo compilation.

Receiving tokens of appreciation, from colleagues and friends.

President Antonio Pérez announced earlier this year, that will step down after having served with 23 years of leadership at the college, and almost 20 as an active Board Member of the Hispanic Education Technology Services (HETS) Consortium. President Perez has always vividly supported our mission to promote, support and enhance Hispanic/ Latino student access, retention, and success in Higher Education through the strategic integration of technology. This has been proven during his tenure as Board Member in our Consortia, in which he has actively served as Board Officer in the Executive Committee (for several terms) as: Treasurer, Vice Chair, and the last two years as HETS Regional Representative for the East Coast. As part of the meeting agenda; HETS Chair, Dr. Carlos Vargas; HETS Treasurer Manuel Fernos, Esq.; and HETS Executive Director, Yubelkys Montalvo, along with the rest of the Board present, thanked President Pérez for his commitment to the organization, supporting our initiatives, and expanding HETS membership. Board members presented very special gifts to him as their token of appreciation while he watched a compilation of photos of his path through HETS (click here to watch the photos).

President Pérez will be leaving his leadership at BMCC to pursue other opportunities in New York City higher education, and express that will still collaborate with HETS. Following the farewell ceremony, a motion was presented during the meeting by HETS Secretary, Eng. Gladys Nieves, to nominate Dr. Pérez as part of the recently constituted Advisory Board of the HETS Board of Directors. After being approved without hesitation by the Board, Dr. Pérez accepted the invitation to be part of this exclusive group constituted of nominated ex Board Members.

The Hispanic Educational Technology Services (HETS) was established in 1993. HETS is the first bilingual consortium constituted by more than 40 higher education institutions in Puerto Rico, United Sates and Latin America. The organization’s mission is to expand the educational opportunities and the access to post-secondary education to the Hispanic community to support the capacities of its member institutions. To learn more about HETS and our mission you can contact us by sending an email to info@hets.org.

First North American School of Internet Governance opened the discussion for the ICANN 61 Conference in San Juan Puerto Rico.

Goran Marby, CEO & President, ICANN

As part of the HETS collaboration with the Internet Society PR Chapter, the first North American School of Internet Governance (NASIG) took place at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico in San Juan, during March 7 to 9, 2018. Students from countries like United States, Puerto Rico, Armenia, Canadá, Romania, among others, participated in this in-depth capacity building event that seeks to empower the next generation of Internet leaders. This School opened the discussion for the ICANN 61 Conference, held in San Juan Puerto Rico from April 10 to 15, 2018.

Marylin Cade

Milton Muller

The curriculum of the program was set-up following NASIG 2018 slogan: Many Challenges, One Internet: Your Role. The main purpose of the first part of this program was used to put the Internet Ecosystem into context, as a global network. To highlight important Internet Governance (IG) issues, influential speakers were presented such as Dr. Milton Muller (Cyber Security), Marylin Cade (Internet Governance Scope), Olivier Crépin-Leblond (Internet Ecosystem), David Gross (Government role), Anna Loup (Gender and Diversity), among others.  NASIG

NASIG 2018 attendees in San Juan, PR

was honored to have Göran Marby, ICANN’s CEO and President, who explained the school attendees the multistakeholder model in the ICANN World. Topics of discussion were selected based on a combination of a survey sent to stakeholders in the region, as well as comments from our expert speakers.

To learn more about the happenings of NASIG per day, visit the following links:

NASIG San Juan, Newsletter- Day one (March 7, 2018)

NASIG San Juan, Newsletter- Day two (March 8, 2018)

NASIG San Juan, Newsletter- Day three (March 9, 2018)

Pictures of #NASIG2018PR events are available at


We encourage you to get involved with ICANN activities to collaborate in keeping the Internet open and safe. HETS will continue supporting and promoting these events, which benefit our membership. Follow us in our social media accounts to get notifications of further activities.


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