Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined a resolution recognizing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) Week, which began on September 16th and ends September 22nd. The resolution celebrates the achievements and goals of the 523 Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) in the United States.
“The pathway to the middle class is directly tied to a college education, yet Latinos continue to be underrepresented in higher education. Hispanic-Serving Institutions play a key role in overcoming this disparity, which is why I’ll continue to advocate for Nevada’s four HSIs and the hundreds of colleges and universities across the country that support large Latino student bodies.”
In addition to U.S. Senator Cortez Masto, U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Michael F. Bennet (D-Colo.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Cory A. Booker (D-N.J.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), Martin Heinrich (D-N.M), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) also joined this resolution.
The HSI program provides additional resources to colleges and universities that serve student bodies with over a quarter Latino students. HSIs represent 15 percent of all non-profit colleges and universities, yet enroll 66 percent of all Latino students. They are located in 25 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico and expand access to a college education for the nation’s largest racial or ethnic minority group.
There are four member colleges and universities of the HSI program in Nevada: University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV); College of Southern Nevada (CSN); Nevada State College (NSC) in Clark County; and Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) in Washoe County.
Full text of the resolution is available here.