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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

HETS celebrates its first ever Student Leadership Showcase in New York at BMCC-

2015HETZ_DSC4596On April 10, 2015, HETS celebrated its first ever HETS Student Leadership Showcase in New York City at Borough of Manhattan Community College. More than 40 students participated from institutions like: Borough of Manhattan Community College, Lehman College, Berkeley College, Bergen Community College, Queensborough Community College and Hostos Community College, and took advantage of this event celebrated for the first time on the north east region.

The main purpose of this event was to promote free of charge access to student services2015HETZ_DSC4611 online provided by HETS that can support their academic goals and share with them topics about how to use technology to maximize their resources. Those services were presented by Ms. Yubelkys Montalvo, HETS Executive Director, who also invited students to be part of the HETS Student Advisory Committee to work hand in hand with the Committee established in Puerto Rico, and encouraged them to submit proposals of any innovative project developed by them to showcase it in future students’ events and encourage others to do the same.

NYC event- presenters

Presenters of the SLS in New York. From left to right: Leo Marin, Google Inc., Jennifer Fernández, CUNY Citizenship Now!, Marcelo Rodríoguez, Grupo Parada, Yubelkys Montalvo, HETS Executive Director and Ronald Bautista, Grupo Parada.

Additional success stories of professionals were presented, as part of the event agenda like: Mr. Leo Marín, Account Strategist, from Google Inc., responsible for creating, executing, and growing digital campaigns that help fortune 500 advertisers reach the US Hispanic audience, who presented the variety of resources developed by Google to students; Ms. Jennifer Fernández, City Council Program Assistant, CUNY Citizenship Now, also a bachelor degree student of Economics from Queens College and emerging leadership women, talked about her experience as student and leader at CUNY; Mr. Ronald Bautista, Digital Marketing Strategist at Grupo Parada talked about how to “Market Yourself Online” to learn how to take control your online visibility to tell your unique story on Social Media.

The event closed with the student recommendation session which will allow HETS to learn more about student interests and needs to collaborate on exploring solutions to create additional support services, followed by a raffle of articles provided by our sponsors and lunch. HETS recognized and appreciated BMCC staff that helped with the setup of their outstanding facilities and the recording of the event, and the speakers who share their expertise and experiences with our students.  These videos are availabe at the links of each presenter mentioned above or at the HETS You Tube Channel under the playlist NYC- HETS Student Leadership Showcase at BMCC.

This event is part of the HETS Student Leadership Tour for this spring semester, including the North and Northeast regions of Puerto Rico during March, 2015. Next stop of this tour will be at the Southwestern region on May 1st at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Puerto Rico in Ponce.  On September 25, 2015 the second HETS Student Leadership Showcase in Puerto Rico will be celebrated at the Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, Metropolitan Campus.

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