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National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week

September 14-20, 2020

The purpose of HSIs Week is to recognize 539 HSIs throughout the nation for their work and critical role in educating and empowering Hispanics/Latina/o/x.

MSU Denver would like to celebrate each day by posting on social media a highlight of how MSU Denver has had an impact on our students and in our community. All posts will include #HSIWeek and tag @HACUNews. 

  • MSU Denver is the No. 1 university in Colorado for educating Hispanic/Latina/o/x undergraduate studentsAs a Hispanic-Serving Institution, MSU Denver serves 5,885 Hispanic/Latina/o/x students, more than any other college or university in Colorado.
  • Student Demographics
    • More than 95%of our students are from Colorado
    • 46%of undergraduates are students of color
    • 56%of MSU Denver undergraduates are the first in their family to go to college
    • The average undergrad is 25 years old
    • 54%of our undergraduates transfer to MSU Denver
    • Nearly 80%of our students work full or part-time
    • 46%of enrolled students receive scholarships or grants
    • MSU Denver serves 8,529Pell-eligible students, more than any other public institution in the state.


  • CMEI supports students’ sense of belonging in college and affirms their identities by building community through participation in student organizations, fraternities and sororities, leadership programs, student gathering spaces, and campus events. CMEI is also in charge of MSU Denver’s Latinx Heritage Month.


  • The Immigrant Services Program is an academic and social support program that aims to increase enrollment, retention, and graduation of undocumented, DACA, immigrant, and refugee students.
  • MSU Denver educates nearly 400 undocumented students, more than any other college or university in Colorado.
  • In 2019-20, Hispanic/Latina/o/x faculty constituted 6.9% of affiliate faculty, 3.1% of lecturers, 10.9% of tenure-track faculty, and 7.4% of tenured faculty.
  • The Office of Diversity and Inclusion developed the Tenure Track Supper Club (TTSC) which is a faculty retention program that utilizes mentorship as a tool in the retention of minority faculty.
  • MSU Denver provides a culturally responsive graduation experience for our Hispanic/Latina/o/x students as well as Black, African & African American, Native American and LGBTQ students.
  • Message to the Latinx Graduates.
  • In October of 2019, the Department of Nutrition was awarded a $2 million Postbaccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans (POHA) grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
  • The primary objective is to increase the number and success of students who come from underrepresented ethnic backgrounds to enroll in and succeed in the postbaccalaureate dietetics degree program.
  • In June 2020, MSU Denver received approximately $1,056,000 from the HSI/MSI CARES Act as a COVID-19 grant.
  • The Richard T. Castro Distinguished Visiting Professorship is Chicana/o Studies' signature event each year. It was initiated in 1997 to foster multiculturalism, diversity and academic excellence at MSU Denver.
  • The professorship brings renowned Latina and Latino scholars, artists and leaders of distinction to MSU Denver to conduct classes, seminars, performances and lectures for students, faculty and the larger Denver community.



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