CU Denver Regains Hispanic-Serving Status

May 14, 2024

We are thrilled to announce that the U.S. Department of Education has officially granted the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) status once again. We join fewer than 600 institutions in the country to hold this status, which means that at least one-quarter of our undergraduate enrollment is composed of Hispanic students. We originally announced our status in fall 2021, when we became the first public research university in Colorado to hold this prestigious recognition. We remain the only R1 in the Rocky Mountain Region that is an HSI, and we are proud to serve Colorado’s Hispanic and Latinx communities.

At CU Denver, we are also proud of our diverse student body. People of color make up 50 percent of our undergraduates, and about half of our undergrads are first-generation students.

Among other benefits, HSI designation enables us to fund high-impact practices toward graduation, student retention, hiring more staff to support new and growing programs, summer education, and inclusive pedagogy.

Special thanks go to our Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, our Strategic Enrollment and Student Success division, our Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness, our Office of Research Services, our HSI Operational Team, our schools and colleges, our general counsel, and so many more.

“CU Denver has a unique opportunity to not only enroll Hispanic and Latinx students, but to genuinely serve and support them,” noted Antonio Farias, vice chancellor for diversity, equity, and inclusion. “In the last two years, we have learned a lot, and we have made many important strides on this front, including the expansion of our Displaced Aurarian Scholarship Program, the introduction of more inclusive pedagogy, and the design and deployment of more programming tailored to this community. I am very proud of our HSI status and of our community, especially the leadership and funding support of Chancellor Michelle Marks, Regent Nolbert Chavez, and President Todd Saliman. Now, the learning and work continue.”

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