EducationDIVE: UC-Irvine brings intentionality to its designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution

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UC-Irvine brings intentionality to its designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution
Author: Tara García Mathewson
Published: July 5, 2017


The university built becoming an HSI into its strategic plan, and its aim is to help Latino students thrive

The University of California, Irvine is among the latest to earn the “Hispanic-Serving Institution” designation, joining a fast-growing group of U.S. higher education institutions that educate a student body that is at least 25% Hispanic.

And while many colleges and universities become HSIs by accident — simply by virtue of changing demographics — UC-Irvine’s goal of becoming an HSI has been a clear part of its strategic plan. The number of Latino students on UCI’s campus has more than doubled in the last decade, thanks to targeted recruitment efforts and pipeline building.

Importantly, Joseph Morales, assistant director for strategic initiatives and partnerships in UCI’s Office of Inclusive Excellence, said the work hasn’t stopped there. UCI has not only worked to enroll more Latino students but support them as well. Morales says the goal is to have a “Latino-thriving” campus.

“When you look at the strategic plan, there is an aspiration to be a national leader and a global model of what we are calling inclusive excellence,” Morales said. As a public research institution, UCI has taken seriously its commitment to serve the residents of the state, and more than 50% of California K-12 students are Latino.

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