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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 inform our next steps in becoming an HSI!

UNC: Colorado's Next Hispanic Serving Institution

Join us on campus at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18 as we host Dr. Roberto Montoya, chief educational equity officer of the Colorado Department of Higher Education, for the conclusion of his statewide tour of HSIs, and to highlight UNC as Colorado's NEXT Hispanic Serving Institution.

UNITE Sessions

HSI 101 and 201 provides faculty and staff an opportunity to learn more about federally designated HSIs and the importance of servingness as part of UNC's efforts to become an effective HSI.

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Become An
HSI Ambassador

Join UNC’s team of Hispanic Serving Institution Ambassadors. Share facts and data with your colleagues and fellow students. Help us spread the message of why HSI at UNC is so important.

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Join the Steering Committee

As we enter Phase 3 of UNC's 5-year plan to become an HSI, we’ll need the entire UNC community to come together in support of this institutional priority. Faculty, staff and students are welcome to apply.


Stay Informed

Join our quarterly HSI newsletter, Noticias HSI, to stay abreast of news on our progress toward becoming a Hispanic Serving Institution. The first edition launches Sept. 20, 2022.

Faculty and Staff Fellows Appointed to Support UNC’s HSI Initiatives  

Jonathan Alcantar

Jonathan Alcantar
Faculty Fellow for HSI Initiatives

Cristóbal (Chris) Garcia

Cristóbal (Chris) Garcia
Staff Fellow for HSI Initiatives

To support the university’s efforts of becoming a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), Tobias Guzmán, vice president of the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DDEI), has appointed two fellow positions to provide leadership and serve as a liaison to and resource for faculty and staff. 

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   

"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