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Emerging Hispanic Serving Institution

Becoming an HSI

Welcome to Salt Lake Community College - Utah's first public institution to qualify as an emerging HSI (Hispanic Serving Institution). As a community college, we are committed to serving the educational needs of our diverse communities. Our Hispanic/Latinx students are the fastest-growing demographic at SLCC, and we are dedicated to intentionally serving them. As an emerging HSI, we are trendsetters in Utah, progressively increasing positive outcomes for Hispanic/Latinx students.

Serving Hispanic/Latinx Students

Latinx students face unique challenges that can negatively impact their graduation rates and representation. At SLCC, we are committed to supporting the success of all our students by providing impactful services and earning the Seal of Excelencia, which “frames how we can work together to intentionally serve Latino students, while serving all.” This commitment is aligned with our mission, vision, and values and will help us become a model for inclusive and transformative education, strengthening the communities we serve through the success of our students.

Serving ALL Students

Although the designation "HSI" includes the term "Hispanic," the HSI designation—along with efforts and programs developed through HSI funding benefits all student populations. The HSI designation and identity is a vehicle to fulfill SLCC's mission to engage and support students in educational pathways leading to successful transfer and meaningful employment. By obtaining the HSI designation, we renew our commitment to serving all students and enhancing our institutional sustainability. This designation will grant SLCC better access to resources from the U.S. Department of Education, including the Strengthening Institutions grant, which will provide greater support for the majority of our students.

Message from the Director of HSI Initiatives

While the HSI status is still out in the near future, the HSI office is charged with building institutional capacity to intentionally serve Hispanic/Latinx students, investing in faculty and staff development, and providing support to a wide variety of initiatives. These efforts are key to advancing and anchoring the HSI initiative across the college in ways that matter the most. ‘Servingness’ is the key to providing educational dignity to our Hispanic/Latinx students. What does it mean to intentionally serve Hispanic/Latinx students? I extend an invitation to learn more about this crucial initiative and encourage you to join us in aligning our work with the success of all our students.

-Tranquilino “Kino” Hurtado
Director, HSI Initiatives

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