About the HSI Center for Policy & Practice

Excelencia in Education's mission is to accelerate Latino student success in higher education. Our portfolio highlights strategies to meet this mission. Since its creation, Excelencia in Education has worked with, and conducted analysis on, Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) to inform public policy. HSIs are critical institutions for addressing Latino student success in higher education because of their high concentrated enrollment of Latino college students.

Enrolling Hispanic students is necessary, but not sufficient, to increase Latino college completion. To “serve” Hispanic students in higher education, an institution must actively promote Latino students’ success. Analysis of institutional elements beyond Hispanic enrollment should be conducted that better illustrate effective service to Latino students. However, currently there is no central location to access research solely on HSIs to inform public policy, future research, and effective practice for Latino student success.

Excelencia in Education created the HSI Center for Policy and Practice (HSI-CP2) to focus on better understanding and supporting efforts to serve Latino students in higher education via three main objectives:

1) Inform policy discussions on HSIs and their efforts to serve and graduate Latinos;

2) Develop a structure to assist current and emerging HSIs; and,

3) Engage institutional constituents on strategies to serve Latinos in higher education. 

The HSI-CP2 aims to provide information and tools to advance institutional practices and policies that improve Latino college access and completion with a wider network of staff, administrators, researchers, funders, and policymakers.


TG has provided initial funding to support the design, launch, and sustainability of the HSI-CP2.




The work of the HSI Center for Policy & Practice is informed by an advisory group representing leaders, researchers, and practitioners from HSIs and emerging HSIs, as well as philanthropy and public policy.

Estela Mara Bensimon
Professor, University of Southern California
Co-Director, Center for Urban Education

Jacob Fraire
Vice President, Student and Institutional Success, TG

Marybeth Gasman
Professor, University of Pennsylvania
Director, Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions

Jennifer Gomez-Chavez
Director, Student Academic Success, University of New Mexico

Alfredo Gonzalez
Dean Emeritus, California State University, Los Angeles
Senior Associate, Excelencia in Education

John Moder
Senior Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)

Enrique Murillo
Professor, California State University, San Bernardino
Executive Director, Latino Education and Advocacy Days (LEAD) Organization

Anne-Marie Núnez
Associate Professor, University of Texas at San Antonio

Eloy Oakley
President, Long Beach City College

Luis Torres
Deputy Provost for Academic and Student Affairs, Metro State University of Denver