College participates in National Hispanic-Serving Institution Week

September 12, 2019

College participates in National HSI Week

MEDIA RELEASE – September 16, 2019

Contact: Courtney Judah

Telephone: (541) 506-6151



September 16-22 is Hispanic Serving Institution (HSIs) Week. The purpose of this week is to recognize the more than 523 HSIs throughout the nation for their work and critical role in educating and empowering Hispanic youth.

CGCC is recognized by both the federal government and the Hispanic Association of College and Universities (HACU) as an HSI. What does this mean? For HACU membership purposes, HSIs are defined as colleges, universities, or systems/or districts where total Hispanic enrollment constitutes a minimum of 25% of the total enrollment. Federally it means that the college is eligible to receive grants under Title V and Title III, Part A. 

In recognition of this designation and to create awareness of the important role the college plays in improving access to education and creating equity for traditionally underserved students the college will have several will highlight the following activities:

  • Daily interviews emailed to the campus community highlighting a member of faculty, staff and students on what being an HSI means to them. These will also be posted to social media, with a tag to @HACUNEWS.
  • The Hook will have items throughout the week that represent Hispanic culture.
  • The Library will feature a section with books and videos that were written and produced by Hispanic authors.

During this week, the college asks members of the campus community to participate in these activities. We would also like to hear about your experiences at CGCC in relation to being a Hispanic-Serving Institution, or how Hispanic culture has influenced you, or your educational path. If you post about your experiences through social media, please use the hashtag #HSIs, and @HACUNews, @ColumbiaGorgeCC.