The Hispanic Serving Institution-Honors Consortium is centered on servingness as an educational, pedagogical, and cultural practice to develop a community that engages collectively in supporting the diversity of Latinx and Latin American student success. As such, the consortium is a cooperative community of Honors Colleges and Programs at Hispanic Serving Institutions designed to support the exchange of relevant pedagogical practices, professional development, networking opportunities, information and resources, and stimulate potential collaboration for pursuing federal and foundation funding opportunities and other important partnerships. These goals and activities were informed by an extensive review process led by the University of Arizona’s HSI Initiatives and the University’s W.A. Franke Honors College, including careful analysis of the NCHC Shared Principles and Practices of Honors Education.
HONORS at HSIs
There are more than 100 Honors Colleges and Programs within HSIs in the United States, including Puerto Rico. This number signals both an increase in the number of Latinx and Latin American students enrolling in an Honors College or Program and the opportunity and responsibility for ensuring that our institutions meaningfully center the HSI designation and enact it in ways that attentively serve and support Honors educational success for our Latinx and Latin American students and those from low-income households.
A virtual launch meeting was held in October 2022. At this meeting we welcomed all to the consortium, discussed strategies for collectively developing this community to be of mutual benefit, and strategized an effective structure for supporting the HSI-Honors Consortium moving forward. We will share insights to provide context as we think about how best to meet our own needs as Honors Colleges and Programs.
President Robbins HSI-Honors Consortium Welcome
Photo of the first HSI-Honors Consortium Meeting via Zoom
Nadia Alvarez Mexia, PhD
Assistant Professor of Practice, W.A. Franke Honors College, University of Arizona
Co-Founder of the HSI- Honors Consortium