July 22, 2010
National HSIs Week
HACU is calling on all presidents and chancellors of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) to make plans to celebrate National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week, September 19-25, 2010. The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate plan to introduce and pass resolutions to commemorate this week, which will recognize the contributions of HSIs in their communities.
“Hispanic-Serving Institutions each year touch the lives of millions of students. At a time when the nation celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, it’s only fitting that we also celebrate and promote the work of HSIs in educating the future workforce of this nation,” said HACU President and CEO Antonio R. Flores. “HSIs play a unique role in communities across the nation and these institutions can celebrate their accomplishments during National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week.”
Congressman Raúl Grijalva, Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Education Taskforce, and Senator Robert Menéndez, the nation’s only Hispanic Senator, will reintroduce resolutions to designate the week of September 19th as National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week and will also request that the President issue a proclamation to observe HSI week nationally. HACU is working with Congressman Grijalva and Senator Menéndez to bring the resolutions to a vote the week of September 20.
“Hispanic-Serving Institutions provide the supports needed to help low-income Hispanic students, many of whom are first generation college students, complete their degrees and prepare for professional careers,” said Congressman Grijalva. “This resolution honors the work and commitment of HSIs in facilitating the higher educational needs of Hispanic students through institutional and academic support as well as tutoring and student services and calls on the President to designate a week in recognition of their efforts.”
HACU encourages all HSIs to celebrate this week as they deem appropriate.
Listed below please are some suggestions on how to prepare to celebrate National HSIs Week, September 19-25, 2010, at your campuses.
1. Raise Awareness
2. Campus Forum
3. Organize a Community-Wide Activity
4. On and Off the Web
5. Student Showcase
6. Celebrate National HSIs Week in your own unique way.
Hispanic-Serving Institutions Assisting Communities: Notice of Funding Availability
The Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU) encourages Hispanic-Serving Institutions across the nation to apply for the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s MSI-University Partnership Program grants.
These programs are designed to address the unique needs of the communities served by MSIs. MSIs include Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Institutions.The HUD MSI-University Partnership Programs represents a set of powerful tools for these institutions to enhance our nation’s competitiveness and promote social stability and cultural richness.
The Hispanic-Serving Institutions Assisting Communities (HSIAC) program under HUD’s Office of University Partnerships is designed to assist HSIs to expand their role and effectiveness in addressing community development needs in their localities, including neighborhood revitalization, housing, and economic development, specifically for persons of low- and moderate-income.This is one of few grants where funding is allowed for construction and renovation related costs.
Posted Date: July 16, 2010