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HACU’s Office of Corporate Internships and Student Services coordinates and manages projects funded by federal agencies, corporations, and foundations to support Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). These program focus on capacity building, research opportunities, higher education leadership training, and grant development opportunities. 
  • Leadership Programs

    Goal: To foster the development of Hispanic leadership on a variety of levels:
    • Annual Conference Student Track addresses leadership and career opportunities for current college students.
    • The HACU National Internship Program (HNIP) offers extensive leadership training in conjunction with internship opportunities for college students with federal agencies or major corporations.
    • The annual Latino Higher Education Leadership Institute at the annual conference offers a day-long workshop on higher education leadership.
    • A Kellogg Foundation initiative, the Kellogg Leadership Fellows Program, designed to prepare the next generation of senior Latino leaders at Hispanic-Serving Institutions, has been discontinued while new funding sources are being explored.  From 2003 to 2006, under the aegis of the Alliance for Equity in Higher Education, it benefited from active collaboration and some joint programming with the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) and the National Association for Equal Opportunity (NAFEO).
  • STEM Initiatives

    Goal: to increase Hispanic participation in STEM education and careers 
    • STEM Summits bring together regional gathering of STEM majors and employers to offer preparation in readiness for STEM career opportunities, including internships through the HACU National Internship Program (HNIP).
    • HACU STEM Task Force is a committee of distinguished university faculty and administrators in the sciences meeting 2014-16 to develop policy and program recommendations to guide HACU's STEM efforts. 
  • Climate and Sustainability

    Goal: to foster HACU membership involvement in climate change and sustainable practices issues
    • Solution Generation is a coalition of higher education partners committed to leading by example on a path to a positive future for climate solutions.
    • HACU is an active partner with ecoAmerica/MomentUs and HEASC.

Some past HACU programs:

  • Research Capacity Building

    Goal: To build the capacity of HSIs by enabling their faculty to become more competitive in the procurement of federal grants and contracts.
    • DHHS Professions Capacity Building Program, funded from 1999 through 2010 by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health and National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities
  • Undergraduate & Graduate Research Internship/Fellowship Programs

    Goal: To increase the representation of Hispanic students in national science research centers.
    • The National Hispanic Health Disparities Research Career Training Workshops, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Office of Minority Health from 2012-15, offered regional workshops to encourage and prepare undergraduate students in health career programs to consider and prepare for research careers in health disparities.
  • Faculty Research Programs

    Goal: To enhance research and teaching skills of participating HSI faculty members by placing them in national research laboratories.
  • Pre-Collegiate Programs

    Goal: To increase enrollment of Hispanics in higher education by providing them with more resources at a younger age.
    • Early Awareness for College Preparation (Ford Motor Company STEM Pre-College Program)
    • Proyecto Science
  • A HACU Office of Information Technology and Innovation operated from 1999 to 2011

    Goal: To assist HACU-member institutions to become engaged in the emerging cyberinfrastructure (CI) and the computational and e-science it enables, bridge the "Digital Divide," and broaden the participation of Hispanics in computing.
    Many of its programs were funded through NSF and involved collaborations with the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (through the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education--NAFEO) and Tribal Colleges and Universities (through the American Indian Higher Education Consortium--AIHEC).

The Office of International Affairs provides special services both for HACU's International Members and for U.S. members in their international relations.  These services include the biennial International Conference, the international plenary and workshop track at the Annual Conference, opportunities for networking and developing joint international programs, and liaison with other international education organizations.