Our initiatives support historically marginalized students.
Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) initiatives empower Cal Lutheran students by encouraging practices that are fundamental to global leadership and integral to our university mission.
An HSI is an institution of higher education that has an enrollment of undergraduate full-time equivalent students that is at least 25 percent Latine. To become an HSI, an institution has to apply for designation via the U.S. Department of Education.
Cal Lutheran reached 25 percent Latine in 2013 and obtained HSI Status in 2016. In 2021, almost 39 percent of our student population identified as Latine, an inclusive term used to describe people of all genders that are of Latina/o descent.
HSI designation provides many benefits, including the opportunity to apply for federal
funding — Cal Lutheran received over $11 million in federal HSI Title III and Title
V grants between 2016 and 2018 to support these initiatives. Learn more about HSIs
How will Cal Lutheran build on its HSI status and HSI STEM grant to become Latine serving, rather than just Latine enrolling? This plan charts the course.
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.
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 Latine undergraduates in higher education are enrolled at HSIs
of California's population
identifies as Latine
of Cal Lutheran's undergraduate student population is Latine
of Cal Lutheran faculty
are people of color
Source: Office of Educational Effectiveness and Institutional Research, February 2021
U.S. Latino GDP Report
The 2023 U.S. Latino GDP Report provides a factual view of the large and rapidly growing economic contribution of Latinos living in the United States.