Actress Eva Longoria.

Actress Eva Longoria. (Photo/Getty Images)

Eva Longoria pushes for education reform at NCLR conference

Eva Longoria wants Latino students to feel supported in school.

The superstar actress and Latino civil rights activist spent her weekend calling for education reform. The Tejana actress pushed for equal access to higher education for all Latinos at the 2013 National Council of La Raza (NCLR) conference on Saturday. Longoria was part of a panel on how education influences the power of the Latino community.

The “Desperate Housewives” star said that although graduation rates for Latinos are rising they are “not keeping up with demographic changes.” She said that Hispanic students who don’t feel supported in their education drop out — a trend that she wants to see change.

“I call it a push-out rate not a dropout rate,” she said at the conference.

Longoria also highlighted persisting discrimination against Latinos. She said that it was time to reform the education system, make greater opportunities for Hispanic students in higher education and “focus on what we’re doing right” in order to bring out change.

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The actress has proven that she is far from just a “desperate housewife.” She recently served as President Barack Obama’s campaign reelection co-chair and has been tapped to work as commissioner of the National Museum of the American Latino initiative. Her non-profit, The Eva Longoria Foundation, empowers Latinas to excel in school and business through education and career training programs.

The education panel, titled “Beyond Immigration Reform: Education As A Catalyst For Integration,” was hosted by Telemundo’s Jose Diaz-Balart and also featured Cecilia Munoz, Director of the Domestic Policy Council at the White House. Longoria showed her enthusiasm for the panel on Twitter, sharing photos of herself with fans.

The NCLR Conference lasts until July 23. First Lady Michelle Obama is slated to speak at the conference on Tuesday.

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