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Charge from the President

Letter from Janine Davidson, Ph.D, President

September 1, 2017

Dear MSU Denver Colleague:

I am pleased to invite you to serve on the Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Implementation Team that will continue efforts towards achieving Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Federal Designation at MSU Denver. This fall 2017, Hispanic student enrollment numbers indicate we have reached the first benchmark to achieve this designation, requiring Hispanic enrollment to be at least 25% full-time equivalent (FTE).

Through strategic efforts we are also progressing towards the completion of the Task Force's 22 recommendations identified in the Connecting the Dots: Report and Recommendations of Metropolitan State University of Denver's Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) Task Force created in January 2016. As we continue to make strides toward HSI Federal Designation, it is important we prepare MSU Denver to be Hispanic serving and our efforts towards improvement should be supporting of all our students.

As an invited member, I am charging you to continue development of the Task Force Recommendations to completion, which includes:

  • Review and prioritize the recommendations;
  • Create timelines and deliverables;
  • Identify internal and external partners and opportunities to leverage resources;
  • Outline potential costs or needed resources;
  • Frame communications, outreach and marketing plans;
  • Develop procedures for collecting data and documenting results and outcomes;
  • Conduct on-going formative review and assessments to determine outcome achievement

To launch this important follow-up phase of the HSI initiative, I am requesting your participation in the first fall 2017 HSI Implementation Team meeting scheduled on Monday, September 18, 2017 from 1:00 to 3:00pm in CAVEA Theatre, Room 420. Please Contact Angela Marquez, Ph.D. at  or 303-556-5208 by Wednesday, September 13, 2017 with your intentions of serving on the HSI Implementation Team over the 2017-2018 academic year.

I appreciate the significant expertise and commitment you will bring to this important work. I look forward to receiving updates demonstrating your efforts to move this crucial initiative forward.



Janine Davidson, Ph.D.


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