UCF as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI)


Message from President Whittaker

 

ESTO ES GRANDE

 

UCF’s strength comes from our diversity of students, faculty and staff. We are proud that nearly 18,000 of our students are Hispanic, and we now join the more than 490 universities and colleges that identify as Hispanic-serving institutions.

 

This designation is an external recognition of who we are and why we do what we do. We are sixth in the nation for bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanic students — so we know that it’s about more than the status, it’s about our impact on our students and community.

 

Together, we celebrate the richness of cultures and backgrounds that make us one of the best institutions in the country, and we look forward to setting the pace nationally in what it means to be Hispanic SERVING!

 

¡Vamos Knights!


 

 

ESTO ES GRANDE

 

La fortaleza de UCF (siglas en inglés) proviene de nuestra diversidad de estudiantes, profesorado y personal general. Nos sentimos orgullosos de contar con cerca de 18,000 estudiantes hispanos, y de ahora formar parte de más de 490 universidades e institutos comunitarios, que ahora nos identifican como una institución con SERVICIO a los hispanos.

 

Este nombramiento es un reconocimiento externo de quienes somos y a quien representamos. Mantenemos el sexto lugar en la nación emitiendo/entregando diplomas de licenciaturas “bachelor” a los estudiantes hispanos. —sabemos que esto es mucho más que una condición/estado, es acerca del impacto de nuestros estudiantes y nuestra comunidad.

 

Juntos celebramos la riqueza de nuestras culturas y orígenes, lo cual nos convierte en una de las mejores instituciones del país. Esperamos marcar esta pauta, nacionalmente, en lo que significa ser una institución con SERVICIO a los Hispanos!

 

¡Vamos Knights!

 


1985

Hispanic American Student Association (HASA) was established

1990

Latin American Studies Minor launched.

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

2003

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

2005

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

2006

Latino Caucus established

UCF hires first Latino Dean

UCF offers first Parent Orientation in Spanish

2011

Latin American Studies Major launched

2012

Knightly Latino launched (Spanish-language newscasts)

2013

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

2014

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

2015

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

2016

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)

2017

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

2018

¡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

#WeDefineSERVING

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).

 

UCF’s large concentration (26.3%) of Hispanic/Latino students naturally positions UCF to embrace 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 sustaining practices.

 

 

 

 

 

Contact

Dr. Cyndia M. Muñiz, HSI Lead

Office of Diversity and Inclusion

HSI@ucf.edu

(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.