UCF as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI)


Hispanic American Student Association (HASA) was established


Latin American Studies Minor launched.

UCF becomes an Associate Member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)


UCF became a member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando (HCCMO)


UCF became a Trustee of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando (HCCMO)


Latino Caucus established

UCF hires first Latino Dean

UCF offers first Parent Orientation in Spanish


Latin American Studies Major launched


Knightly Latino launched (Spanish-language newscasts)


UCF invited by Excelencia in Education to participate in Engaging Latino Students for Transfer and College Completion Project.


Hispanic American Student Association (HASA) changes name to Latin American Student Association (LASA)


Latino Faculty and Staff Association (LaFaSA) established

Latino subgroups added to Entering Student Survey

Hispanic/Latino Media Certificate approved

Hispanic Serving Institution Exploratory Committee established


UCF’s Latino student population reaches 25%

UCF invited by Excelencia in Education to participate in Accelerating Latino College Completion project

LaFaSA hosts Inaugural Broche de Oro faculty/staff recognition dinner

LaFaSA hosts Inaugural Charla con LaFaSA (Spanish debrief orientation session)


Hispanic Serving Institution Exploratory Committee transitions to Hispanic Serving Institution Task Force

Office of Diversity and Inclusion hires UCF’s first Assistant Director of Hispanic Initiatives.

UCF updated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Member of HACU

LaFaSA hosts UCF’s Inaugural Latino Graduation Celebration- Nuestra Graduación

Puerto Rican Student Association established


¡Vamos Knights! Available in the UCF Bookstore

Latino Leadership Council (Juntos) established

UCF’s Celebrates National Hispanic Serving Institutions Week (HSI Campaign #WEdefineSERVING)

UCF takes on management of Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico

UCF signs Memorandum of Understanding with University of Puerto Rico (Business Incubation Program)

Puerto Rico Research Hub launched

UCF’s first Latino Dean retires


UCF is designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education

UCF becomes a member of the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education

UCF hosts Latinos in Action Conference

UCF is selected as a Finalist for the Seal of Excelencia

ODI Assistant Director of Hispanic Initiatives is promoted to UCF Director of HSI Culture & Partnerships

UCF receives (2) instrumentation awards through U.S. Department of Defense HBCU/MSI Research and Education Program


UCF awarded NSF Improving Undergraduate STEM Education HSI grant



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.







Cyndia Morales Muñiz, Ed.D.
Director, HSI Culture & Partnerships


(407) 823-0524

El aumento significativo de inscripciones en las universidades/institutos comunitarios de los estudiantes Hispanos/Latinos, a lo largo y ancho de los Estados Unidos, incitaron a crear el término federal llamado Hispanic Serving Institution HSI (siglas en inglés).


Una gran concentración de estudiantes hispanos/latinos en University of Central Florida, (26.3%), sitúa a UCF (siglas en inglés) en la posición de adoptar la identidad de convertirse en una institución dedicada al servicio de los hispanos HSI (siglas en inglés). De la misma manera, nos provee una nueva oportunidad de demostrar nuestro fiel compromiso de permanecer como un centro educacional inclusive y diverso.


No únicamente nos sentimos orgullosos de nuestra diversa composición estudiantil, sino también nos jactamos de nuestro enfoque innovador y proactivo de cultivar una cultura inclusiva de HSI (siglas en inglés), la cual enfatiza la palabra SERVIR.


Los criterios delineados en el proceso de HSI (siglas en inglés), bajo la ley de enseñanza superior, Higher Education Act, reflejan las especificaciones de inscripción; sin embargo, en UCF (siglas en inglés), nuestro enfoque es la retención y la superación manteniendo culturalmente practicas sostenibles.


Spanish translations completed by Tania Gutierrez-Catasus, Florida State Certified Translator.