Hispanic Serving Institution Initiatives

What is a Hispanic Serving Institution?

According to the U.S. Department of education, a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) is an eligible institution of higher education that has at least a 25% enrollment of undergraduate, fulltime equivalent, Hispanic students (2023).

Who We Are

The Hispanic Serving Institution Initiatives Department was founded in the Spring of 2023 with the purpose of institutionalizing an HSI identity that focuses on Servingness with intentionality across the university and community. HSI's ideology of Servingness focuses on six themes that transforms UTA into a Hispanic Thriving Institution and advances our HSI federal designation.

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Cultural Events

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Faculty & Staff Resources Support

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Academic Engagement

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Grant Funding

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Branding & Identity

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Community & Educational Partnerships

Vision Statement

HSI Initiatives and UTA's Core Values

  • To lead and support UTA in creating a thriving environment and increasing a sense of belonging at the university.
  • HSI Initiatives is committed to leading, supporting, and creating a thriving environment by expanding educational access and success to the university's students.
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To elevate UTA status from a Hispanic Serving Institution to a Hispanic Thriving Institution.
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For students, faculty, staff, and community members to feel that they belong at UTA.

About HSI Initiatives

At UTA we are committed to ensure that HSI initiatives touch every aspect of UTA and elevate the institution's presence in the HSI community from a local and national stage. Our goal is for students, faculty, staff and community members to feel that they belong at UTA.

Support Services Offered

Excelencia Support

Examples of Excelencia is the only national data-driven initiative to recognize programs at the associate, baccalaureate and graduate levels as well as at community-based organizations with evidence of effectiveness in accelerating Latino student success (Excelencia in Education, 2023). The purpose of the support team is to assist UTA units with the process to apply for the Examples of Excelencia.

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HSI Grant Support

The Hispanic Serving Institution Services office will provide support to UTA's units in the application process of HSI Grants.




External Grants
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Message from the Provost

"UTA is proud to have received the Seal of Excelencia certification, which recognizes our commitment to intentionally serving -- and not just enrolling -- Latina/o students. But we do not want to stop there, which is why Maria Delgado and her team are leading initiatives that ensure our Latina/o Mavericks not only survive but thrive."

Dr. Tamara L. Brown

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
University of Texas at Arlington

HSI Initiative Centers

Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS)

EDGE Center (Empowerment, Development, and Growth in Education for Hispanic Graduate Student)

Hispanic Serving Institution Initiatives

If you have any questions, please contact us:

Science Hall
502 Yates St., Suite 322
Box 19174, Arlington, TX 76019
(817) 272-2987

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