HSI Resources

ODI Resources

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion has put together a few resources as references to support all of our campus partners in developing their HSI efforts and/or strategies. These resources are meant to provide a starting point. All departments are encouraged to schedule a HSI consultation for a more in depth conversation about defining SERVING in each respective area.

Campus Resources

Latino Faculty and Staff Association

The mission of LaFaSA is to advance academic and professional opportunities that would enhance the status of Latinos/as within the university community. LaFaSA seeks to promote a family environment that embraces and respects the various identities within the Latino/a culture through quality, bilingual programming, networking opportunities and guidance, to UCF’s Latino students, faculty and staff; and the greater UCF community.

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Latin American Studies

The mission of Latin American Studies is to provide students with the necessary tools and relevant knowledge to understand, study, and work with Hispanic populations. To offer students research opportunities as they fulfill written requirements in their advanced courses and work on their exit research projects. Students will gain a broad and thorough understanding of the Americas in terms of their historical, cultural, social, economic, and political dimensions.

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Crear Futuros

CREAR Futuros, which means “To Create Futures” in Spanish, is a peer-mentor based initiative designed to improve Latino student success at UCF. CREAR (College REadiness, Achievement and Retention) Freshmen/Sophomores will be paired with knowledgeable and highly trained upper-classman UCF Peer-Mentors that will introduce them to campus resources and offer insight on how to make the most out of their UCF experience.

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Puerto Rico Research Hub

The mission of the UCF Puerto Rico Research Hub is to investigate the Puerto Rican population and demographic trends to better inform public policy decisions including housing demands, job creation, health issues, social integration and education. Additional areas of emphasis include bilingual training, disaster response and recovery and partnerships in the community.

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External Resources

Excelencia in Education

Excelencia in Education, founded in 2004, accelerates Latino student success in higher education to address the U.S. economy’s need for a highly educated workforce and for civic leadership by providing data-driven analysis of the educational status of Latinos; promoting education policies and institutional practices that support their academic achievement; and organizing a network of professionals with common cause for Latino student success.

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Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities

HACU’s mission is to Champion Hispanic Success in Higher Education. They fulfill this mission by promoting the development of member colleges and universities; improving access to and the quality of post-secondary educational opportunities for Hispanic students; and meeting the needs of business, industry and government through the development and sharing of resources, information and expertise.

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Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institution Educators

The Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institution Educators (AHSIE) exists to support the work of the nation’s Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) as they seek to provide quality, relevant educational opportunities to large and growing numbers of underserved populations, particularly Hispanic students. All of the Alliance’s activities directly benefit practitioners and educators at HSIs through measures that involve cooperation, networking, partnerships, information-sharing, technical assistance and collaboration.

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American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, Inc.

The American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) is an agent of change for improving education, thus enabling Hispanic students to fully participate in a diverse society. AAHHE works collaboratively with all sectors of education, business, industry, as well as community and professional organizations to enhance the educational aspirations and to meet the needs of a significantly increasing Hispanic population.

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