||April 4, 2013
||Bonnie Hughes, Communications Officer, 509-865-8588 or firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Speaker with Mariners ties to address Heritage students
Toppenish, WA — Holli Martinez, board president of The Martinez Foundation is presenting the keynote address at Heritage University's spring Convocation on Thursday, April 18 at 11:00 a.m.
Martinez and her husband, former Seattle Mariner Edgar Martinez, co-founded their foundation in 2008 to address the gap between the number of minority students and teachers of color in Washington's public schools. While completing graduate studies at the University of Washington, Martinez learned that minority students do better in school when they learn from teachers who share similar cultures and backgrounds. Their foundation provides resources to encourage more minorities to enter into the teaching profession and support professional development of existing educators.
"The Yakima Valley is a prime example of how the work of the Martinezes and the work of Heritage are making an impact on education," said Dr. Curt Guaglianone, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. "Many of today's Heritage students come from school districts where diversity is celebrated and reflected in make-up of the teachers, staff and administration. That wasn't necessarily the case 20 or 30 years ago."
Spring Convocation is an annual ceremony that recognizes the accomplishments of students and faculty. It will be held in Smith Family Hall on the Toppenish Campus. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit heritage.edu or call (509) 865-8530