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Hispanic Serving Institution

The University of Northern Colorado is committed to a Students First culture, advancing the success of Hispanic/Latinx-identifying students attending our institution, incorporating policy and practice that is inclusive and reflective of the various identities our students hold.

Flor Varela, Spanish Teacher

"To see my students going to college, many of them to UNC, because they saw my experience, they believe UNC is the best school for them."

Flor Varela '13, Spanish Teacher

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Becoming an HSI

In helping more of our students complete and earn a UNC degree, including an increased percentage of our Hispanic/Latinx-identifying students, UNC is able to continue our long tradition of preparing and graduating leaders who serve and enrich Colorado’s culture and economy. We know that doing so will positively change their lives and the future of our state.

We approach our work with the following vision elements:

The same vision elements frame UNC's 10-year strategic plan Rowing, Not Drifting 2030.

students first

Students First:
Demonstrating integration and accountability to our students and how we serve them as we emerge as an HSI 

empower

Empower Inclusivity:
Celebrating the unique cultural heritage of each student and the strength of a collective diversity of thought

enhance

Enhance & Invest:
Supporting a multidimensional campus environment focused on intentionality and investment on every level of the campus

innovate

Innovate & Create:
Developing an institutional structure focused on building capacity in instruction, faculty and staff training, policy and inclusive hiring 

celebrate

Connect & Celebrate:
Building networks of alumni, parents and support people, and community and business leadership all while highlighting our students' unique identities and experiences.

Brenda Vargas

"I hope that UNC becoming an HSI will make me feel like I'm at home on campus. Where I can hear the sounds of my people, and see the colors of my culture reflected in the very fibers of UNC."

— Brenda Vargas '23, UNC Student