Hispanic Serving Institutions in the 21st Century: A Convening

Recognizing the potential for Hispanic-Serving Institutions to serve as trend setters for higher education in the 21st century, the University of Texas at El Paso hosted an invitational convening in partnership with TG and Excelencia in Education.

The commissioned papers listed below supported an action oriented discussion with institutional presidents, researchers and grantmakers. The role of institutional leadership to emphasize student success was framed by Diana Natalicio, President, University of Texas at El Paso’s in her opening remarks and was the focal point of interviews with participating HSI presidents included below.

Welcome and Convening Introduction
Diana Natalicio, President, The University of Texas at El Paso
A distinguished leader in higher education, Diana Natalicio was appointed president at The University of Texas at El Paso in 1988. Under her leadership UTEP committed to providing access and excellence to all residents of the Paso del Norte region and the institution has emerged as a national model for the 21st century.




Anatomy of the Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) Designation: An Overview of HSI Policy Formation
Patrick Valdez, Senior Academic Policy Analyst, Lehman College
This discussion paper provides a brief history on the public engagement and leadership that helped to create the HSI identity between 1979 and 1985 as well as congressional legislative efforts by the Hispanic Higher Education Coalition (HHEC) to create the official HSI designation in 1992. Download



Hispanic-Serving Institutions: Where are they now?
Anne Marie Núñez, Associate Professor, The University of Texas at San Antonio
This discussion paper provides an overview of current HSI characteristics, their growth during the past two decades, and their institutional diversity. It explores how HSIs “serve” Latino students through multiple efforts as evidenced through their institutional identities and organizational behavior. Download



The Future of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs)?
Deborah Santiago, COO and Vice President, Excelencia in Education
This discussion paper provides some public policy context for a more critical conversation about the future of HSIs, frames ways to consider what it means to “serve” Latino students and to be an HSI, and offers some guiding questions and sample responses from leaders at HSIs to guide discussion. Download


Summary of HSI Convening

HSI Convening Brief
The goal of the convening was to initiate discourse and serve as a catalyst for action. This document outlines highlights of the event and an agenda for future work.  Download


Presidents address the role of Hispanic-Serving Institutions in the 21st Century


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