Strayer University Serves as Official Higher Education Sponsor of 3rd Annual “Festival PEOPLE en Español”

Strayer University Serves as Official Higher Education Sponsor of 3rd Annual "Festival PEOPLE en Español"

Strayer University, a leading postsecondary institution for working adults, is pleased to announce it will be the official higher education sponsor of the 3rd Annual “Festival PEOPLE en Español,” one of the largest and most anticipated celebrations of Hispanic entertainment, culture and community. This year’s event, which features Latino celebrities and newsmakers, as well as inspirational and interactive activities for all ages, will take place in San Antonio, Texas August 30-31.

In a recent study by the Pew Research Center, U.S. Latinos ranked education as an extremely important issue, considering it instrumental in the development of all communities. As the festival’s official education sponsor, Strayer University aims to raise awareness about the multiple paths to and definitions of success, as well as the role that higher education plays in attaining that success.

Strayer University recently launched the Success Project, a year-long initiative aimed at breaking down perceived barriers that can keep individuals from succeeding in their personal and professional lives. The initiative enhances support for working adults pursuing a college degree through a new Success Coach program, whereby all Strayer University students are assigned a personal success coach, who will assist them with financial advice, goal setting, career advice, and other skills. Activities also include a national partnership with entertainer and author Steve Harvey, a four-part video series with inspirational YouTube channel SoulPancake, and a local success-focused roadshow, among others.

“It is more important than ever before to raise a national conversation about the meaning and pursuit of success,” said Dr. Michael Plater, president of Strayer University. “Working adults who decide that education will help them to attain success in their lives may also be balancing the demands of work and family while earning a college degree. We want to help those individuals eliminate any doubts or fears they may have about going back to school and know that they will be supported in their academic journey through our Success Coach program.”

During “Festival PEOPLE en Español,” Strayer University will lead a series of activities to inspire and empower participants to become successful leaders in their workplace, home and community:

  • Yuriko Almonte, Strayer Success Coach, will be at the Strayer University booth on Saturday, August 30 and Sunday, August 31, sharing advice on time management, setting and pursuing goals and tackling perceived barriers to goals.
  • Dr. Irene Zoppi-Rodriguez, business and education faculty member at Strayer University, will take the main stage on Sunday, August 31 to share her secrets to successful teamwork and help participants identify their leadership style.

    She applies more than four decades of military, academic and professional experience to her teaching and currently serves as the first female chief of staff in the U.S. Army Reserve in Puerto Rico.

  • Jorge Narvaez, “Reality Changers” YouTube sensation and his daughters, Alexa and Eliana, will take the stage to perform

    on Sunday, August 31.

    YouTube channel RealityChangers (, which has more than 158 million views, was started by Narvaez, a young father with the desire to share songs, stories, and skits with a focus on family, community, art and music. The viral success has caught the attention of Ryan Seacrest, Ellen DeGeneres, CNN, and “America’s Got Talent,” among others. The Reality Changers name comes from the Reality Changers Foundation, which Narvaez helped found in 2001 to give inner-city students the academic, financial and emotional support they need to go to college. As a first-generation graduate of both high school and college, the Reality Changers program was a driving force in Narvaez’s own success.

Celebrating more than 120 years since its founding in Baltimore in 1892, Strayer University offers relevant and rigorous academic programs to working adults, first-generation college students and others who may not have access to higher education, preparing them for success in today’s competitive job market. Strayer University graduates earn degrees in programs ranging from business administration and accounting to education and information systems.

To learn more about Strayer University’s Success Project and participation in “Festival PEOPLE En Español,” visit or follow the conversation on Twitter using #StrayerSuccess or #InThisTogether.

***MEDIA NOTE: To speak with any of Strayer University’s experts or Dr. Michael Plater, please contact Cristina Henley at, work: (703) 561-1913, or cell: (703) 431-3691.

About Strayer University

Strayer University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and has been in operation since 1892. The University offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in business administration, accounting, economics, information systems, information technology, human resource management, education, health services administration, public administration, management and criminal justice to working adult students. Strayer University also offers an executive MBA online through its Jack Welch Management Institute. For more information, visit or call 1-888-4-STRAYER (888-478-7293).