HSI Organizations

AHSIE exists to support the work of the nation’s Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) as they seek to provide quality, relevant educational opportunities to large and growing numbers of underserved populations, particularly Hispanic students. All of the Alliance’s activities directly benefit practitioners and educators at HSIs through measures that involve cooperation, networking, partnerships, information-sharing, technical assistance, and collaboration.
Members of the Alliance share professional development opportunities, find technical assistance for the implementation of Title V funding and other capacity-building projects, and use an annual national conference as a forum to disseminate “best practices” for improving educational outcomes for students.
The Alliance of Hispanic Serving Research Universities is a voluntary association of universities that are both Hispanic-Serving Institutions as defined by Title V of the Higher Education Act and in the top 5% of universities in the United States for research as determined by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
AAHHE addresses issues and concerns affecting Hispanics, with a focus on higher education. While the Hispanic population is the largest ethnic minority population in America, Hispanics are still highly underrepresented in undergraduate and graduate enrollments and graduation rates.
In order to effect change in American higher education, AAHHE is committed to:
  • Addressing societal issues as they pertain to the growing population.
  • Convening public discourse-focused forums to develop public policy reflecting the changing demographics of our nation.
  • Preparing more Hispanics to pursue a career in higher education as faculty, administrators, and policymakers.
Excelencia in Education accelerates Latino student success in higher education by promoting Latino student achievement, conducting analysis to inform educational policies, and advancing institutional practices while collaborating with those committed and ready to meet the mission. Launched in 2004 in the nation’s capital, Excelencia is building a network of results-oriented educators and policymakers to address the U.S. economy’s need for a highly educated workforce and engaged civic leadership.
This Latina-led organization has steadily grown to become an authority in this field with a reputation as a national transformative leader and innovator in higher education by informing, organizing, and compelling action. In 2019, Excelencia launched the Seal of Excelencia, an independent national certification for institutions intentionally serving Latino students while serving all.
Dr. Gina Ann Garcia is an associate professor in the department of Educational Foundations, Organizations, and Policy at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research centers on issues of equity and justice in higher education with an emphasis on understanding how Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) embrace and enact an organizational identity for serving minoritized populations. She also seeks to understand the experiences of administrators, faculty, and staff within HSIs and the outcomes and experiences of students attending these institutions. Finally, her research looks at the ways that race and racism have shaped the experiences of minoritized groups in higher education.
Learn more about her work by visiting her website or by listening to her podcast ¿Qué pasa, HSIs? a podcast dedicated to everything Hispanic-Serving Institutions.


The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) was established in 1986 with a founding membership of eighteen institutions. Because of HACU’s exemplary leadership on behalf of the nation’s youngest and fastest-growing population, the Association rapidly grew in numbers and national impact.
Today, HACU represents more than 500 colleges and universities committed to Hispanic higher education success in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Latin America, Spain and U.S. school districts. Although our member institutions in the U.S. represent only 17% of all higher education institutions nationwide, together they are home to two-thirds of all Hispanic college students. HACU is the only national educational association that represents Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs).
The Latino Data Hub is a reliable source of information about important issues facing Latinos. We use the most recent data from the Census Bureau to give you information about ten critical areas. The Latino Data Hub is available in both English and Spanish.
Nuestra Iniciativa Newsletter
This newsletter has been created by both the White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics and the U.S. Department of Education. It will provide you with valuable information to help increase opportunities and improve outcomes in education for Hispanics in the United States including important facts and statistics, news about reports and Federal government programs/initiatives, and resources covering the full educational spectrum – including early learning, K-12, postsecondary, adult education, and more. We’ll also share fun facts, and highlight leaders in education and the Hispanic community.
The University of California's Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Initiative was launched in 2018 with support from the university's Office of the Provost and the former Office of Diversity and Engagement, now part of Graduate, Undergraduate, and Equity Affairs (GUEA).
Like the university as a whole, the Initiative is committed to creating a learning community whose makeup reflects California's population. This commitment is part of UC's original charter as a land-grant university. Now, five of the nine undergraduate UC campuses are federally designated HSIs, one campus is pending designation, and the remaining campuses are expected to follow suit very soon.


The HSI STEM Resource Hub is led by faculty at NMSU, DACC, and Cal State Northridge. The project is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF1832338, PI Serrano, NMSU); NSF1832345, PI Zavala, CSUN) under the Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI Program) that was established in response to the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017 (P.L. 115-31) and the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (P.L. 114-329). 

The Hub comprises principal investigators and senior personnel at all three institutions, a program manager, an evaluation team, an advisory board and a growing network of faculty and staff at HSIs and non-HSIs, industry (upon request), federal and non-profit organizations. The HSI Program seeks to increase the retention and graduation rates of students pursuing associate or baccalaureate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).