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Pleased to announce our newest partner, CampusCare!

Dear HETS member and collaborator,

We are pleased to announce our newest partner, CampusCare, which provides students with immediate 24/7/365 access to general health care and mental health care through state of the art and strategic telehealth technology. CampusCare offers remote access (telehealth) to general medical doctors and mental health counselors 24/7/365 from anywhere in the U.S. and/or Puerto Rico, students are empowered to take control of their physical and mental health through their mobile devices, computers, and online video.

CampusCare works with providers such as Teladoc, one of the largest telehealth technology providers in the United States providing general medical services to over 40 million members. CampusCare also works with Health Advocate (a nationwide provider to 12,500 organizations), to provide the best in immediate mental health services for students. Additionally, CampusCare provides low-cost pharmaceuticals through CVS, Walgreens, and other pharmacies throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

As an organization focuses on the integration of technology, HETS is looking forward to working together with CampusCare to support Hispanic student access to health care and mental health care through telehealth technology. Its President, Julie Weissert and its Vice President, John Ingham, will join us at the HETS Best Practices Showcase in February 2022 at the Inter American University, Metropolitan Campus. Both of them are eager to meet HETS Member Institutions to learn more about how CampusCare can collaborate.

We are looking forward to continuing to strengthen HETS initiatives and widen our partnerships with organizations like CampusCare, as we continue developing new strategies to innovate and support our affiliates. For more information on how CampusCare can help your institution, we invite you to reach out to:

• Julie Weissert, President at 214-537-5093 or julie@campuscare360.com
• John Ingham, Vice President of Operations at 214-334-2207 or johningham@campuscare360.com
• Sam Willis, Vice President of Finance at sam@campuscare360.com
• Carey Gipson, Senior VP of Compliance at carey@campuscare360.com

Additional discount for HETS members to register & participate in the HETS 2022 Best Practices Showcase

HETS staff is back at the office, and we hope you are doing great. We are pleased to announce an additional discount for HETS members to register and participate in the 2022 HETS Best Practices Showcase (BPS) in San Juan, PR, thanks to the generosity and support of our host: Inter American University Metropolitan Campus. You can register to join the BPS either in-person or virtual

See the Conference Program with the schedule for February 3 and 4, 2022, focused on three major tracks: Access, Retention, and Online Learning &Technology Integration in Higher Education, with more than 20 presentations with speakers from institutions in Puerto Rico and the United States

See below the details of the Conference and the link to register:  

  • What: 2022 HETS Best Practices Showcase (more than 20 presentations
  • When: February 3 and 4, 2022Registration fees: Click here (in person or virtual), including a special rate for HETS Members
  • Where: Inter American University of PR, Metropolitan Campus, San Juan, PR (*Subject to Puerto Rico’s Government requirements) Please check the COVID 19 protocols to flight to PR in this link: Travel Safe (pr.gov).  

The Conference’s main purpose is to highlight and celebrates the outstanding work of HETS member institutions in meaningfully and strategically using technology to achieve Hispanic student success. Our goal is to provide the opportunity to attend and network with presenters and participants and find solutions to many common issues and even establish new possibilities for collaboration with other institutions and potential partners (in-person attendees will need to present evidence of vaccination).

We encourage you to participate in the 2022 Virtual Best Practices Showcase and help us share this event among your colleagues. For more information about this event, please contact us

HETS team strengthens with the appointment of a new Executive Assistant

We are pleased to announce that the HETS team strengthens with the appointment of Ms. Tish Zambrana as the new Executive Assistant. Although Tish recently received her MBA in Business Administration in Strategic Management from EDP University of Puerto Rico, her work experience and skills are remarkable. Her expertise includes business strategic planning, development, and execution of production plans, training coordination, contract reviewing, human resource, public relations, press materials, and finance.

Tish’s work experience includes working in the Hospitality and Restaurants Industry for the past 12 years as a trainer, personnel recruiter, executive administrator, coordination, and budget analyst. Prior to this, Tish served as compliance reviewing business permits, OSHA, EEOC, confidential material, and constancy communication with 3rd parties and suppliers. She was responsible for research, business presentations, supervision, log contracts, and communications to multiple departments and companies. Also, she is passionate about arts, project planning, and helping other people.

We feel incredibly delighted to welcome Tish to our family to complement our team of outstanding collaborators! With her support, we hope to continue offering quality services and continue moving forward to the accomplishment of our mission. Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the HETS Office.

HETS 2022 Best Practices Showcase

We are pleased to share the Conference Program to invite you to register to participate in the 2022 HETS Best Practices Showcase (BPS) schedule for February 3 and 4, 2022 in San Juan, PR. Taking place in a hybrid modality, the HETS BPS will present three major tracks focused on AccessRetention, and Online Learning&Technology Integration in Higher Education, with more than 20 presentations with speakers from institutions in PR and the US.

See below the details of the Conference and the link to register:

  • What: 2022 HETS Best Practices Showcase (more than 20 presentations)
  • When: February 3 and 4, 2022
  • Registration fees: Click here (in person or virtual), including a special rate for HETS Members
  • Where: Inter American University of PR, Metropolitan Campus, San Juan, PR (*Subject to Puerto Rico’s Government requirements) Please check the COVID 19 protocols to flight to PR in this link: Travel Safe (pr.gov)

Again, during the 2022 Best Practices Showcase, presenters and participants will have the opportunity to attend either in-person (attendees will need to present evidence of vaccination) or connect virtually. The Conference’s main purpose is, to highlights and celebrates the outstanding work of HETS member institutions in meaningfully and strategically using technology to achieve Hispanic student success. Also, to find solutions to many common issues and even establish new possibilities for collaboration with other institutions and potential partners.

We encourage you to take advantage of this Conference and all presentations of this 2022 Virtual Best Practices Showcase and help us share this event among your colleagues. For more information about this event, please contact HETS office at contact us

Marcelo Rodriguez

Marcelo R. Rodriguez is an entrepreneur, Hispanic businesses growth advisor and seasoned public speaker. He has been instrumental in helping finance, healthcare, education, and immigration organizations in connecting with the U.S. Hispanic Markets. His technical experience in finance dates back to 1995 with the development of the first public website for Lloyds Bank (Ecuador), the first web based banking platform for Banco Pichincha (biggest bank in Ecuador) and a web service platform for the Ecuadorian Finance Ministry.

Marcelo moved to the US in 2002 from Quito, Ecuador. His first job was as a Technical Consultant for Wall Street Transcript’s company (www.twst.com / www.wsw.com). Marcelo’s first US venture was the formation of Inlanet.net which was acquired by Grupo Parada and provided Digital Marketing Services for companies targeting the US Hispanic Market. His bi-cultural background and experience in business digital transformation allowed him to develop and carry out successful campaigns for leading firms from various industries, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations: Toyota, AMEX, Latin media enterprise Portada; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, NY State; Dominican, Spaniard, Honduran and Ecuadorian governments; Acacia Network, EmblemHealth, Aetna Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and the Hispanic Educational Technology Services Consortium (HETS).

In 2018, he co-founded inQmatic, which acts as a trusted advisor–helping Spanish-speaking business owners’ transition and grow into the US economy with access to education, financing, and networking. Among his achievements, Marcelo led the project that was awarded 1st prize by HHS Secretary, Kathleen Sibelius for IT innovations to reduce disparities in health among underserved and minority communities.

Also, Marcelo is active in the New York Hispanic community through his involvement with several distinguished professional associations and nonprofit organizations. He co-founded “Juventud Ecuatoriana,” a nonprofit that provides scholarships to students of Ecuadorian descent. He served on the board of the Association of Hispanic Healthcare Executives (AHHE.org) as the Chairman of the Technology Committee, and as Technology and Marketing Director of Latinos in Information Sciences and Technology Association (TechLatino.org) which empowers Latino technological and scientific engagement.

Marcelo is a regular speaker for the New York University (NYU): Digital Strategy Class and for the Small Business Administration (SBA) Spanish Initiative Business seminars. He received his degree in Computer Systems Engineering, and E-commerce Master’s Degree from the Polytechnic University of Ecuador, and holds industry recognized certifications from Google.