Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) across the country are being recognized this week by President Obama, before the start of Hispanic Heritage Month 2016.

On Sept. 9, the White House issued a proclamation designating September 12-18 as National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week. To read the full proclamation, click here

"HSIs have given more Hispanics access to the resources and opportunities they need to compete in our economy. More than half of America's Hispanic undergraduates attend HSIs, which have played a critical role in increasing access to a college education and have worked to bolster enrollment, retention, and graduation rates," stated President Obama in the proclamation.

"The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities thanks the President for recognizing the contributions of Hispanic-Serving institutions in educating the future workforce of this nation,” said HACU president and CEO Antonio R. Flores.

At The University of New Mexico the most recent Fall Enrollment submission to IPEDS, UNM is at 48 percent minority enrollment. In the February 2016 Chronicle of Higher Education, UNM was ranked No. 1 in the percentage of Hispanic faculty at R1 institutions

In 1992, HACU led the effort to convince Congress to formally recognize campuses with high Hispanic enrollment as federally designated HSIs and to begin targeting federal appropriations to those campuses. 

Each year, HACU government relations coordinates the recognition. HACU encourages HSIs to include the proclamation as part of their HSIs Week activities on their campus and via their social media. 

For more information, visit HACU.