December 2, 2021
The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and the Department of Homeland Security signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Nov. 3, 2021, in Washington, D.C. The MOU establishes and continues a partnership providing a framework for recruitment and outreach efforts to diverse students and recent graduates of HACU-member institutions for opportunities with DHS such as internships, fellowships, academic programs and employment.
Recent data indicates there are 569 Hispanic-Serving Institutions and 362 Emerging HSIs across the nation, including Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. HSIs collectively enroll more than 5.24 million college students, including two-thirds of the 3.8 million Hispanic college students.
DHS, the third largest agency in government, plays a pivotal role in battling the pandemic, securing the border and administering asylum law, strengthening cybersecurity, preventing violent acts of domestic extremism, building greater resilience and preparedness, and so much more.
The MOU with DHS continues HACU’s work to provide pathways for college students to gain professional experience while diversifying the federal workforce.
The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, founded in 1986, represents more than 500 colleges and universities in the United States, D.C, Puerto Rico, Latin America, Spain, and school districts throughout the U.S. HACU is the only national association representing existing and emerging Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). The Association’s headquarters are in San Antonio, Texas, with regional offices in Washington, D.C. and Sacramento, California.