Through a partnership between the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and Dominion Energy, the Building Hispanic Talent Initiative aims to increase the number of Hispanic undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing careers in clean energy and more specifically, career opportunities at Dominion Energy. For more information about HACU and its partnership with Dominion Energy, please click here.



Through this initiative, seven partner institutions were charged with implementing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) summer bridge programs aimed to help high school students build an identity as a college student and eventually become a STEM/energy professional. The institutions chosen to pilot this initiative are as follows. For more information on specific summer bridge programs, please click the institution's name.

Below are key findings and data from the first two years of the Building Hispanic Talent Initiative.

Profile of Summer Bridge Students
  • 770 students served from 133 different high schools
  • 55% of summer bridge students identified as Hispanic/Latino
  • 79% of summer bridge students were from minority groups underrepresented in higher education (i.e., Hispanic, Black/African American, and Indigenous)
  • 63% of summer bridge participants identified as prospective first-generation college students


Increasing Hispanic Enrollment Over Time