Alliance of Research Universities Serving the Hispanic Community Formed

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), announced the founding of the Alliance of Hispanic Serving Research Universities (HSRU), along with 19 other universities.

UTSA announced that it will lead this consortium of 20 specialized research universities. One of the objectives of this alliance is to promote social and economic mobility for Latino students. Therefore, one of the strategies of universities is to increase the number of Hispanic students in their programs and increase Hispanic faculty by 20% by 2030.

Universities invited to HRSU are from eight different states, Arizona, New York, Florida, Colorado, California, Illinois and Nevada. And they are also part of the top 5% of research universities, classified as RI by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

These universities had a total enrollment of 766,718 students in fall 2020, of which 33% were Hispanic. Likewise, in the 2019-20 academic year, more than 11,000 students graduated from these universities, of which 1,451 were of Hispanic origin.

In the specific case of UTSA, in its 171 bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs, 57% of the students are Hispanic, and around 70% are eligible to receive financial aid from federal programs.

Universities invited to HRSU are from eight different states, Arizona, New York, Florida, Colorado, California, Illinois and Nevada. And they are also part of the top 5% of research universities, classified as RI by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

These universities had a total enrollment of 766,718 students in fall 2020, of which 33% were Hispanic. Likewise, in the 2019-20 academic year, more than 11,000 students graduated from these universities, of which 1,451 were of Hispanic origin.

In the specific case of UTSA, in its 171 bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs, 57% of the students are Hispanic, and around 70% are eligible to receive financial aid from federal programs.

“Institutions serving Hispanics are based on opportunity, equity and inclusion. Our membership in the Alliance closely aligns with that mission, our strategic plan and our track record here in San Antonio and South Texas,” said UTSA President Taylor Eighmy.

On the other hand, the rector of the University of Texas System, James B. Milliken, explained that Texas has the second largest Hispanic population in the country, and that it is a demographic group that is growing rapidly, so the institutions of the University of Texas, “are committed to ensuring that the academic workforce, our graduates at all levels, and future faculty who create and pass on knowledge, reflect the diversity and richness of the state and nation we serve.”

Learn more about this initiative that will work in favor of the Hispanic university community in the United States: https://www.hsru.org/

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