U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced a bipartisan resolution designating the week of September 19-24th as National Hispanic Serving Institutions Week to recognize the more than 300 non-profit Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) throughout our nation for their work, achievements, and critical role in educating and empowering Hispanic youth.
This resolution also honors the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) for their work in promoting quality educational opportunities for Hispanic students on their 25th anniversary. Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) are defined as colleges, universities, or systems/districts where total Hispanic enrollment constitutes a minimum of 25% of the total enrollment.
Senator Menendez said:
“Hispanic Hispanic-Serving Institutions are instrumental to providing opportunities for Hispanic students nationwide so they can achieve their full potential. In fact, I myself graduated from a Hispanic-Serving Institution in my home state of New Jersey. As Chair of the Senate Democratic Hispanic Task Force, I am proud to introduce this resolution recognizing these institutions and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities for the important work they do on behalf of Latino students.”
Sen. Cornyn said:
“Hispanic-Serving Institutions open the doors of education and opportunity to thousands of Hispanic young people each year. We are fortunate that Texas is home to more than 40 Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and I commend the staff and leadership at each of these HSI’s for the fine work they’re doing in preparing tomorrow’s generation of Hispanic leaders.”