Director, HSI Culture & Partnerships: Cyndia Morales Muñiz, Ed.D.
The significant increase in enrollment of Hispanic/Latino students at colleges/universities across the United States led to the federal term now known as Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI).
In fall 2017, UCF’s Hispanic/Latino undergraduate student population exceeded the 25% threshold to be recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as an HSI in January 2019. Since then, UCF has embraced this HSI campus identity as it provides another opportunity for us to demonstrate our commitment to an inclusive and diverse campus.
Not only are we proud of our diverse student composition, but we pride ourselves on our innovative and proactive approach in cultivating an inclusive HSI campus culture that emphasizes SERVING.
The criteria outlined for HSI under the Higher Education Act highlights the specifics of enrollment, but at UCF, our focus is retention and success by way of culturally responsive practices.