How Do We Get There?
University and HSI initiative leadership have outlined the following opportunities for involvement from the UNC community. Get involved to help us galvanize our campus community toward becoming an HSI!
HSI 101 and 201 sessions provide faculty and staff an opportunity to learn more about the history and context of Latinx-idenfiying folks in Colorado, and the importance of servingness as part of UNC's efforts to become an effective HSI.
Learn more about our progress and purpose behind our HSI readiness efforts, current programs showcasing servingness, recent accomplishments, and upcoming campus-wide projects. Help us share why HSI at UNC is so important.
Anti-Blackness & HSI UNITE Session
This workshop focuses on the socio-political, historical, and modern iterations of Anti-Blackness in the U.S. and globally. Participants work to understand the relevance of Anti-Blackness to their work, and to our campus communities.
Lend Your Voice
Do you have an idea for a program or on-campus resource, do you want to get involved but can't volunteer on the HSI Steering Committee? Share feedback with the HSI leadership and the steering committee at any time, simply e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tobias Guzmán, vice president of the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DDEI), has appointed two fellow positions in support of the university's efforts toward becoming a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI).
Faculty Fellow for HSI Initiatives
Cristóbal (Chris) Garcia
Staff Fellow for HSI Initiatives
Cristóbal (Chris) Garcia, associate director in the Office of Alumni Relations has been appointed staff fellow for HSI initiatives and Jonathan Alcantar, associate professor and chair of UNC’s Chicana/o and Latinx Studies program has been appointed as faculty fellow for HSI initiatives. According to Guzmán, Garcia and Alcantar have the essential context needed to be successful in these roles as both have been integral to the work already completed in the university’s pre-implementation phases of becoming an HSI, including serving on the HSI working group for the past two years.
"Chris and Jonathan’s roles as fellows will be key positions to establishing and structuring our next steps in becoming an HSI,” Guzmán said. “They will offer thought leadership and assist the university in accomplishing measures of success and serve to strategically further the scope and depth of the work necessary to make us successful in this pursuit.”
Guzmán said their work will be connected to the existing strategies and key elements outlined in Rowing, Not Drifting 2030, and in service to the main pillars discussed in HSI 201:
Persistence and graduation rates specifically for our Hispanic/Latinx students
Development of academic identity and self-concept, leadership identity, racial identity
Visibility of cultural signifiers on campus
Compositional diversity of faculty, staff, administrators, and graduate students
Chaired by Tobias Guzmán, vice president of the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Kirsten Fleming, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, the HSI Steering Committee builds on our efforts toward becoming Colorado's next Hispanic Serving Institution, highlights the importance of cross-campus involvement, and is comprised of UNC students, faculty, and staff.
Steering Committee Goals:
- Find and incorporate HSI "Best Practices" into UNC culture
- Develop processes for faculty research and grant-funding opportunities involving HSI initiatives
- Identify and implement practices to support the persistence and graduation of Hispanic/Latinx-identifying students
- Research strategies to recruit and retain more faculty and staff of color at UNC
- Complete and submit UNC's application for Federal HSI designation
UNC's HSI leadership has outelined the five following subcommittees to lead UNC into the next phase of planning and execution. These subcommittees will be both researching best practices at key peer institutions and model HSIs, while also reviewing and assessing current status at UNC, with the hope of providing findings and recommendations in subcommitee areas.
HSI faculty and staff fellows, Jonathan Alcantar and Cristóbal Garcia, will support the steering committee by leading key action subcommittees. The steering committee will meet on a monthly basis to ensure progress in support of the priorities listed above.
Vamos Osos: Donor Support of HSI Initiatives
UNC's donor community has long invested in more equitable access to a college education and in the success of all students who enter our doors. As an emerging Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), we have a unique opportunity to make a difference in the lives of Hispanic and Latinx-identifying students, and are committed to providing them with the resources and support they need to succeed academically and socially on our campus.
Internal and external coverage of UNC's HSI efforts, programs and events geared toward our Hispanic/Latinx-identifying communities.
Sept. 18, 2023 — Fall 2023 Census Data Shows Growth in Key Areas
Sept. 9, 2022 — Celebrating Latinx Heritage at UNC
Oct. 7, 2021 — A Look Back at UNC's Latinx Heritage Month Celebrations
Nov. 13, 2020 — Recap of Board of Trustees Meeting, Nov. 13
CBS Colorado, Oct. 25, 2022 — University of Northern Colorado to be recognized as Hispanic-serving institution
Greeley Tribune, Oct. 20, 2022 — ‘A milestone is in sight’: University of Northern Colorado nears official status as Hispanic Serving Institution
El Comercio De Colorado, July 3, 2022 — UNC will become a Hispanic Serving Institution
Greeley Tribune, April 22, 2022 — University of Northern Colorado, Greeley Dream Team and Hispanic Women of Weld County hosting college information event
Greeley Tribune, March 26, 2022 — University of Northern Colorado Continues to Pursue Hispanic-Serving Institution Designation
"Institutions who are purposeful in their pursuit to being student ready will be more focused on students of today and able to address inequities. Although many institutions have limited resources; yet, they continuously innovate to meet their mission."
— Tobias Guzmán, Ed.D., Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer