Hispanic-Serving Institutions Garner National Recognition

By Laura Nelson

Since 1999, Sul Ross State University Rio Grande College has been designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and on Sept. 12, President Barack Obama issued a proclamation that designates Sept. 14-20 as National Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Week.

In addition, the United States Senate unanimously passed a resolution designating National Hispanic-Serving Week. Senator Robert Menéndez and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid teamed up to cosponsor Senate Resolution 547 to recognize the achievements and goals of HSIs.

Antonio Flores, the President and CEO of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, said, “HACU thanks the President and the Senate for recognizing the important role that HSIs have in educating the future workforce of this nation. Congress first formally recognized campuses with high Hispanic enrollment as federally designated HSIs in 1992, and in 1995 HSIs received the initial federal appropriations. We plan to recognize the 20 year milestone for HSIs during our annual Capitol Forum in March.”

These events kick off Hispanic Heritage Month that runs from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, a nationwide celebration of the rich and varied cultural and historic contributions Hispanic Americans have made.

With campuses in Del Rio, Eagle Pass, and Uvalde, the majority of students studying for bachelor's degrees and master's degrees at Rio Grande College are Hispanic and RGC is fortunate to have a number of Hispanic faculty members. RGC embraces and benefits from diversity while taking pride in providing high quality, affordable education for all of the students it serves.