Senate Adopts Menendez Resolution Honoring Hispanic-Serving Institutions

Senate Adopts Menendez Resolution Honoring Hispanic-Serving Institutions


Washington, D.C. - As our nation begins its celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) introduced a Senate resolution recognizing the work, goals, and achievements of over 470 non-profit Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) throughout our nation by designating the week of September 18-24 as "National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week." The resolution was approved unanimously by the full Senate on Tuesday Sept 13, 2017.

Defined as degree-granting institutions where total Hispanic enrollment constitutes of no less than 25% of the total enrollment, HSIs play a critical role in educating Hispanic youth and improving the communities in which they are located. This resolution recognizes the accomplishments and goals of HSIs in the United States, which represent 13% of non-profit colleges and universities, yet serve more than 63% of all Latino undergraduate students across the nation. Hispanic-Serving Institutions are located in 18 States and Puerto Rico with emerging Hispanic-Serving Institutions located in 33 States and the District of Columbia.

 "As a product of a Hispanic-Serving Institution in my home state of New Jersey, I am proud to reintroduce this resolution to continue recognizing the critical work these institutions do for our nation’s diverse student bodies and for the Latino community in general,” said Senator Menendez.  “Not only are HSIs imperative to our goal of educating the next generation of American leaders, but they are also indispensable to our effort to combat the current wave of anti-Latino sentiment in our public discourse. With more than 57 million strong, Latinos are the nation’s largest ethnic group.  The future economic success of this country will depend on a well-educated Hispanic workforce.  It is in our best interest to ensure that every Latino youth has access to the quality affordable higher education they need in order to unleash the creativity and drive that will lead this nation to a brighter tomorrow.”

 “The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) joins the more than 470 nonprofit Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) in the observance of HSI Week to celebrate the many accomplishments in Hispanic higher education.   We are pleased that the U.S. Senate has adopted S.R. 253 in recognition of the important role HSIs play in improving access to education and grateful to the office of Senator Menendez (D-NJ) for, once again, leading this effort in the Senate” added Antonio R. Flores, President and CEO, HACU.      

Joining Menendez in cosponsoring this resolution were Senators: Michael F. Bennet (D-Colo.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-Pa.), Jon Cornyn (R-Texas.), Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.),  Martin Heinrich (DN.M.),  Dean Heller (R-Nev.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.).

 A copy of the resolution can be found here.