Texas Tech University to Host National Hispanic Institute Southwest Great Debate
July 7, 2009
More than 175 high school freshmen will work to improve their written and verbal communication
Texas Tech University’s Center for Undergraduate Research and the National Hispanic
Institute will host the NHI Southwest Great Debate July 9-12.
More than 175 high school freshmen from the region will visit Texas Tech to test and
improve their written and verbal communication skills through organized discussions
and debates. Participation in the Great Debate will provide students with a platform
to strengthen their communication skills and familiarize them with the challenges
that face a growing U.S. Latino community.
“The ability to communicate effectively is crucial to the success of youths in high
school and college,” said Ernesto Nieto, president of NHI. “We wanted to introduce
civic engagement and leadership service as part of their development and preparation
for a U.S. Latino community that is now projected to become 100 million by 2050. What
better way to broaden and strengthen the supply of skilled and educated leaders that
this community will demand in the not too distant future than by influencing the development
of high-potential youths who aspire to attend top colleges and universities in the
Additional summer host sites for NHI include the University of Texas-Austin, Augustana
College, Adams State College, University of Villanova and DePauw University.
For more information about the Great Debate, please visit www.nhi-net.org online applications
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CONTACT: Jeannie Diaz: director, Center for Undergraduate Research, (806) 742-1095 or firstname.lastname@example.org