Hispanic Theological Initiative

State
New Jersey
Academic Level
Graduate
Issue Area
Retention
Key Personnel
Program Focus
Discipline/Subject

Overview

With the support of the 24 consortium member institutions,  the mission and vision of the Hispanic Theological Initiative revolve around increasing recruitment, retention, and graduation rates of Latina/o Ph.D. students across the nation by uniting and leveraging institutional resources (human, financial, and infrastructural). The Hispanic Theological Initiative aims at graduating Ph.D. Latinx students in religion and theology to become full-time faculty and leaders in for-profit and non-profit seminaries, schools of theology, and university religion departments.

Program Description

The Hispanic Theological Initiative provides graduate students with mentoring, networking, editorial opportunities, and dissertation fellowships. These various resources help Latina/o students cope with the lack of supportive environments, financial resources, and feelings of marginalization and isolation during their graduate studies. At the commencement of their doctoral studies, Hispanic Theological Initiative fellows are teamed with a seasoned Latina/o scholar in their field of study and denomination, once they have obtained All But Dissertation status. Once assigned, the fellow is assigned a seasoned editor to support the writing of their dissertation.

Outcome

  • Increase alumni holding faculty and leadership positions: Since inception in 1996, they have graduated 136 Latino/a  Ph.D. students, with 86 of them holding full-time faculty positions and 48 of them holding being leaders in administrative, research, and ministry careers.
  • Increase graduation rates: As of 2020, the Hispanic Theological Initiative's graduation rate is 94%, and on average obtain their degree in 5.5 years.