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August 6, 2013

Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week to be observed Sept. 15-21

The Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU) is calling on all presidents and chancellors of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) to make plans to celebrate National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week this fall, Sept. 15-21, 2013. Plans are already underway for several members of Congress to recognize the contributions of HSIs in their communities. A request for a proclamation to observe HSIs week nationally will be sent to President Obama.

The following are ways HSIs can celebrate the week on campus:

1. Raise awareness - Partner with your local newspaper or radio station to advertise National HSIs Week and the events being sponsored by your institution. This increased visibility can highlight the contributions made by HSIs on a local, national, and international scale. Be sure to mention your membership with HACU.

2. Host a campus forum - Organize a town hall meeting with students, faculty, staff and community leaders to explore issues of particular interest to the HSI community.

3. Organize a community-wide activity - Build and promote campus-community partnerships to address various issues impacting the local community.

4. Use the Web - Post acknowledgements of HSIs on your institution's website and download copies of the anticipated Congressional Resolutions and the Presidential Proclamation commemorating this event upon availability.

5. Showcase your students - Arrange for your institution's choir, band, cheerleading squad, fraternities or sororities to perform during events held to commemorate National HSIs Week. You may also highlight the week during a sporting event any day that week.

6. Celebrate National HSIs Week in your own unique way.

Share your institution’s plans to celebrate National HSIs Week with HACU. Submit your event to HACU and/or via HACU Social Media. Use hashtag #hsiweek 



For information or questions about National HSIs week, please contact: Laura Maristany, HACU executive director of legislative affairs, at 202-261-2090.