An Inquiry to Discover Hispanic Serving Institution Experiences on Serving Hispanic Students


  • María D. Vásquez-Colina Florida Atlantic University
  • Leisha Cali Hodges University
  • Bret Danilowicz Florida Atlantic University
  • Sunem Beaton-Garcia Broward College
  • S. Kent Butler University of Central Florida
  • Joaquin Martinez Miami Dade College
  • Jeremy Moreland St. Thomas University
  • Meline Kevorkian Nova Southeastern University




In this article, a panel of administrators and faculty describe and analyze their institutional experiences across seven Hispanic-serving institutions (HSI). While there is growing research on HSIs in the United States, there is limited published evidence of HSIs discussing their identity. As the Hispanic population increases, scholarly initiatives and student services have an opportunity to focus on Hispanic college enrollment and retention, as well as on fostering cultures representative of Hispanic students’ cultures. The question that guided this panel discussion was: How has HSI status shaped your institution’s organizational identity and initiatives? The inquiry revealed five interrelated elements that compose an HSI identity: institutional aims, student body, campus culture, community connections, and faculty and staff initiatives. A discussion on HSI literacy is offered as a notion to include in the HSI research literature.




How to Cite

Vásquez-Colina, M. D., Cali, L., Danilowicz, B., Beaton-Garcia, S., Butler, S. K., Martinez, J., Moreland, J., & Kevorkian, M. (2020). An Inquiry to Discover Hispanic Serving Institution Experiences on Serving Hispanic Students. Florida Journal of Educational Research, 58(7), 34–43. Retrieved from