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Becoming Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs): From Latinx-Enrolling to Latinx-Serving 


Index #1005

Level of Experience: Intermediate
Session Track: Race & Social Justice in Higher Education

Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), which include public and private, two-year and four-year colleges and universities that enroll at least 25% Latinx students and 50% low-income students, are the fastest growing type of Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) in the United States. There are over 500 HSIs in the country, yet they lack a historical mission to serve Latinx and low-income students. This has led campus administrators, staff, and faculty wondering how to move from Latinx-enrolling to Latinx-serving. This session will provide participants with the most recent scholarship around servingness and the most comprehensive tools for effectively serving students within HSIs, with the goal of moving from Latinx-enrolling to Latinx-serving.
Guided by the Multidimensional Conceptual Framework for Understanding Servingness in HSIs, facilitators will first describe servingness, which is conceptualized as the ability of colleges and universities that are HSI-eligible to enroll and educate Latinx (and other minoritized) students through a culturally enhancing approach that centers Latinx (and other minoritized) ways of knowing and being, with the goal of providing transformative experiences that lead to both academic (e.g., graduation, post-baccalaureate degree enrollment, job placement) and non-academic (e.g., community engagement, critical consciousness, racial identity development) outcomes. Then they will move into describing what servingness looks like in practice, providing examples from practice.
The program will include some guided lectures, panel discussions, and break out sessions that are intended to increase participants’ knowledge and skills for transforming their institutions into spaces of justice and liberation for all minoritized students. Topics include: basic conceptualization of servingness, examples of transforming the structures for serving, ways to utilize HSI funds to disrupt whiteness and center BIPOC, and examples of how HSIs can respond to and interact with the external influencers, including the federal government. 
This session should particularly benefit both novices and those who have already begun to think about servingness at HSIs. This includes student affairs practitioners, advising professionals, faculty, and campus administrators. The session will increase participants’ empirical and theoretical knowledge around servingness and provide practical knowledge based on scholarship and examples of how to effectively transform colleges and universities from Latinx-enrolling to Latinx-serving. The facilitators are leading scholars and practitioners with extensive knowledge around HSIs and servingness who will engage participants in critical conversations and provide tools that can be used in practice upon returning to campus. 


Gina Ann Garcia, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Marla A. Franco, PhD, Assistant Vice Provost, HSI Initiatives, University of Arizona, Tucson

Lisa Petrov, PhD, Title V Project Director #P031S170015, Strengthening Advising, Teacher Education, and Our H.S.I. Identity, Dominican University, River Forest, IL