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










Cyndia Morales Muñiz, Ed.D.

Director, HSI Culture & Partnerships


(407) 823-0524






Esto es UCF


A Message from UCF’s Director of HSI Culture and Partnerships


¡Saludos! I am honored to lead our HSI Initiative at UCF in partnership with thoughtful colleagues across divisions and academic colleges who are committed to serving our Latino students with intentionality, while maintaining our unwavering commitment to serving all of our Knights. UCF aspires to be a leading Hispanic-Serving Institution in the nation, by embracing equity-minded and culturally responsive practices that enable a meaningful collegiate experience for all of our students. We are still at the beginning of our HSI journey, so the possibilities are endless and our potential is strong. I invite you to learn more about UCF’s HSI Initiative and I look forward to our continued work together. ¡Vamos Knights!


UCF HSI Principles