February 23, 2023

HACU and U.S. Department of Homeland Security Roundtable with Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs)

SAN ANTONIO – The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities hosted a Roundtable on February 23, 2023, at its Washington, D.C. office. The Roundtable brought together higher education leaders and officials from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to discuss Department priorities as they relate to Hispanic-Serving Institutions.

HACU President and CEO Antonio R. Flores, HSI presidents/chancellors, an emerging HSI president, senior leadership, and government relations staff were among those present at the roundtable discussion led by the Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas. Presidents and CEOs in attendance had an opportunity to discuss strategies to create a pipeline for students interested in careers in homeland security and cybersecurity among other topics salient to the department.

“We are grateful to Secretary Mayorkas for meeting with our HSI presidents and chancellors to discuss issues of importance to their institutions,” said HACU President and CEO Antonio R. Flores. “We hope the meeting today is one of many that will allow Hispanic-Serving Institutions to share their voices and have a seat at the table on policy issues that impact their institutions.”

Participants at the roundtable were institutions from Arizona, California, Illinois, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, and Texas designated as HSIs, an *emerging HSI, and Luke Visconti chair of HACU’s Corporate and Philanthropic Council.

“We look forward to working with the Administration on advancing opportunities for the 5.1 million HSI students our institutions educate and serve,” added Flores.


  • California State University, Monterey Bay, Vanya Quiñones, Ph.D., President
  • Chabot-Las Positas Community College District, Ronald P. Gerhard, Chancellor
  • Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Greg Peterson, Ed.D., President
  • Harold Washington College, Daniel López, Jr., Ph.D., President
  • Houston Community College, Cesar Maldonado, Ph.D., Chancellor
  • Hudson County Community College, Christopher M. Reber, Ph.D. President
  • Kean University, Lamont Repollet, Ed.D. President
  • New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Stephen G. Wells, Ph.D., President
  • Phoenix College, Kimberly Britt, Ph.D., President
  • Pima Community College, Lee D. Lambert, J.D. Chancellor
  • Saint Peter's University, Eugene J. Cornacchia, Ph.D., President
  • San Diego State University, Adela de la Torre, Ph.D., President
  • St. Augustine College, Reyes González, Ph.D., President
  • *University at Albany, SUNY, Havidán Rodríguez, Ph.D., President
  • University of California, Irvine, Howard Gillman, Ph.D., Chancellor
  • University of California, Merced, Juan Sánchez Muñoz, Ph.D., Chancellor

About HACU
The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, founded in 1986, represents more than 500 colleges and universities in the United States, 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 in San Antonio, Texas, with regional offices in Washington, D.C and Sacramento, California.