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Invitation: "Becoming a Hispanic-Serving Institution" virtual keynote

​​​Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,

​​Last fall, we shared how the Hispanic-Serving Institution Task Force​ was off to a strong start, formalizing DePaul’s commitment to becoming an HSI. Securing this designation remains an important focus area of Designing DePaul, our collaborative effort that includes all university partners and communities working together to plan DePaul’s future.

Learn More About How Becoming an HSI Enhances our DePaul Community 

You’re invited to join a DePaul community Zoom keynote from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. tomorrow (Tuesday, Jan. 30) titled “What does it mean to become a Hispanic-Serving Institution,” featuring Gina A. Garcia, award-winning author, editor and faculty member in the School of Education at University of California, Berkeley. RSVP here and join to hear how HSIs:

  • Impact student outcomes.
  • Serve minoritized populations.
  • Enhance the experiences of faculty, staff and administrators.
I hope to "see" you there!​

DePaul’s HSI Task Force Paves the Way for Certification

Next month, I head to the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute conference with Mónica Haydeé Ramos, associate director of the Egan Office for Urban Education and Community Partnerships. We’ll connect with other education leaders and federal officials who help emerging HSI institutions prepare for the certification process. I’m happy to share that DePaul’s HSI plan is underway, incorporating valuable input from several Latinx student organizations like MESA, ALPHA, TEPEYAC and DePaul NAISA, as well as Latinx students not part of the student organizations listed above. The next HSI Task Force meeting is scheduled for Feb. 13, and I will share another update at that time.

Visit the Designing DePaul website​ for additional information.

José Perales
Interim Vice President, Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity