HSI Week

Multicolored Logo that reads Texas State University HSI Años

Celebrating 10 years as a HSI

HSI Week is a collaboration among faculty, staff and students to host community conversations about campus diversity, student support services and academic excellence.

HSI Week was held September 13 - 17, 2021 and featured three memorable events: HSI Community Week, HSI 10th Anniversary Banquet, and HSI Symposium.

History of National Hispanic-serving Institutions Week

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) created the National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week and to be observed at the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated annually from September 15 to October 15.

Each year, HACU government relations staff works with members of Congress to recognize the contributions of HSIs in their communities. HACU member HSIs are encouraged to observe the week with campus activities to heighten awareness of the important role HSIs play in improving access to education and advancing equity for traditionally underserved students.

Description courtesy of HACU.net.

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  • The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, founded in 1986, represents more than 500 colleges and universities in the United States, Latin America, Spain, and school districts throughout the U.S. HACU is the only national association representing existing and emerging Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). The Association’s headquarters are in San Antonio, Texas, with regional offices in Washington, D.C. and Sacramento, California. This year, HACU celebrates its 35th Anniversary since its founding. Description courtesy of HACU.net.

    Texas State University is an active institutional member of HACU.

Proclamation by Hays County Commissioner's Court | September 7, 2021

Photo of TXST HSI Week Advisory Council with Hays County Commissioner's Court for Proclamation

Members of TXST HSI Week Advisory Council receiving proclamation recognizing Texas State University during National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week (September 13-19, 2021) by Commissioner's Court of Hays County and presented by Judge Ruben Becerra.

Proclamation recognizing Dieciséis de Septiembre celebrating Mexico's Independence against Spain in 1821 by Commissioner's Court of Hays County and presented by Judge Ruben Becerra.

Members of TXST HSI Week Advisory Council supporting the proclamation recognizing Dieciséis de Septiembre celebrating Mexico's Independence against Spain in 1821 by Commissioner's Court of Hays County and presented by Judge Ruben Becerra.

Community Day - Monday, September 13, 2021

A day of celebration for our students, communities, and land where students and campus members were invited to partake in food, music, and dance as we celebrated our Hispanic and diverse heritage. Sponsored in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts

Program Intinerary

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM:
Departments/Organizations Set Up Tables
11:00 AM:
Start of Event
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM:
Engagement: T-Shirts, Lunch boxes, and Pan Dulce
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM:
Mitotiliztli Yaoyollohtli Aztec Dance Company
12:30 PM – 12:45 PM:
Group photo underneath UAC Arch 
1:00 PM:
End of event  

Group picture with Aztec Dance Company and Texas State Staff

10th Anniversary Banquet - Thursday, September 16, 2021

A celebration of 10 Años as an HSI

The 10th Anniversary banquet recognizes Texas State University's HSI designation achieved in 2011 and celebrates the accomplishments of the last ten years in supporting and serving Latinx students, faculty, and staff. Further, the banquet establishes a platform recognizing the benefits of our HSI designation to all Texas State students and faculty and opportunities for the next decade to come.

Photo of Keynote Speaker Sonia Diaz

Sonia Diaz, Keynote Speaker

Senior Vice President of Balsera Communications & TXST Class of 2006

HSI Symposium - Friday, September 17, 2021

The HSI Symposium brings together students, faculty, and staff from Texas State University to discuss Hispanic student success, evidence-based programming, research achievement, and more. We will commemorate Texas State University's 10 year anniversary as a Hispanic-Serving Institution.

student panel

Student Panel

faculty panel

Faculty Panel

student presents research poster

Research Poster Presentation