Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) in cosponsoring a bipartisan resolution honoring the work and achievements of 539 non-profit Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) across the country and designates the week of September 14 as National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week. This week also marks the start of Hispanic Heritage Month.
“Nevada is home to four great Hispanic-Serving Institutions that play a key role in addressing the disparity that Latino students face in accessing higher education. When my sister and I were the first in our family to graduate from college, Latinos were significantly underrepresented in the classroom—it’s still the case today. And at a time when the Latino population in the U.S. continues to grow, Latino students are still disproportionately represented in community colleges and four-year institutions across the country. During National Hispanic-Serving Institution Week, I recognize the great work being done by HSIs in Nevada and across the country to empower Latino students to succeed in the classroom and earn their degrees.”
Nevada currently has four institutions of higher learning classified as Hispanic-Serving Institutions: College of Southern Nevada; Nevada State College; University of Nevada, Las Vegas; and Truckee Meadows Community College.
Senator Cortez Masto announced over $1.1 million in grant funding earlier this month to Nevada colleges for the Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (DHSI) Program.
HSIs are defined as degree-granting institutions where the number of Hispanic students enrolled is at least 25% of total enrollment. HSIs are located in 25 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico with emerging Hispanic-Serving Institutions located in 35 States and Puerto Rico.