Serving historically marginalized individuals.

Hispanic-Serving Initiatives (HSI) empower Cal Lutheran students by encouraging practices that are fundamental to global leadership and integral to our university mission.

HSICal Lutheran's designation as an HSI demonstrates the university's commitment to living out its mission within the changing context of student demographics. It is also a transformation that focuses on student success for all historically marginalized students* (defined below), including Latinx and/or low income students.

*Historically marginalized students are those who identify as Latinx, Black/African American, Pacific Islander, American Indian, Alaska Native or any combination of these identities. Latinx is a gender inclusive term used to describe people of all genders that are of Latina/o descent.


HSI  What is an HSI?

A Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) is an institution of higher education that has an enrollment of undergraduate full-time equivalent students that is at least 25 percent Latinx. To become an HSI, an institution has to apply for designation via the US Department of Education.

Cal Lutheran reached 25 percent Latinx in 2013 and obtained HSI Status in 2016. In 2021, nearly 39 percent of our student population identified as Latinx. HSI designation provides many benefits, including the opportunity to apply for federal funding — Cal Lutheran received over $11M in federal HSI Title III and Title V grants between 2016 and 2018 to support these initiatives.  Learn more about Hispanic Serving Institutions

Highlighted Developments

Strategic Plan

How will Cal Lutheran build on its HSI status and HSI STEM grant to become Latinx serving, rather than just Latinx enrolling? This plan charts the course.

Funded Grants

We’ve launched Project CHESS with Moorpark College to support transfer students and EDU|CAL to promote pathways to teaching.


Our partnerships under Cal Lutheran's HSI designation provide powerful relationships that support students. The STEAM program, powered by Amgen, leads the way forward.

Key Insights

Get to know the numbers and noteworthy facts about Cal Lutheran's role as an HSI*



HSIs nationally, including Cal Lutheran,
with 328 emerging institutions



of higher education institutions across 27 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico are HSIs



of all Latinx undergraduates in higher education are enrolled at HSIs




of California's population
identifies as Latinx



of Cal Lutheran's undergraduate student population is Latinx



of Cal Lutheran faculty
are people of color


*Source: Office of Educational Effectiveness and Institutional Research, February 2021