The University of Arizona

UA on Track to Gain HSI Designation

The University of Arizona is set to become one of only three AAU premier research institutions and one of 8 Carnegie R1’s to be named a Hispanic-Serving Institution.

Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) are defined as colleges and universities where the enrollment of students of Hispanic ethnicity constitutes a minimum of 25 percent of total enrollment. 

The UA recently met this milestone and is expected to receive its formal designation as an HSI by the U.S. Department of Education in the spring of 2018.

The UA joins the ranks of other HSI in the midst of significant growth in diversity within its own student body. The UA's latest student class is the most diverse in school history, with students of color now representing 41 percent of all undergraduates.  

Additionally, STEM education today faces a number of grand challenges that require STEM solutions to be broadly adopted by all. The UA is one of the leading institutions tackling this challenge, as evidenced by its recent selection by the National Science Foundation to imagine the future of STEM on college campuses among Hispanic students, becoming just the fourth institution to earn the distinction.

Thanks in large part to a partnership between Kimberly Andrews Espy, Senior Vice President for Research and Melissa Vito, UA Senior Vice President for Student Affairs, Enrollment Management, and Strategic Initiatives, the UA is well positioned to support and broaden the participation of underrepresented students in STEM for the future.

Additionally, thanks to the UA team of Guadalupe Lozano and Bill Velez, Department of Mathematics, Anna O’Leary, Department of Mexican American Studies, Vignesh Subbian, Departments of Biomedical and Systems Industrial Engineering, and Marla Franco, Division of Assessment & Research, Student Affairs & Enrollment Management, new and stronger collaborations between the UA and other Hispanic-Serving Institutions of higher education are on the horizon. 

To read the full article by Kimberly Andrews Espy in RDI’s latest newsletter, click here