The six subcommittees of the Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Task
Force have developed and voted on 55 recommendations of ways to achieve
the federal HSI designation (25 percent of the student population being
Those recommendations and voting results are with President Stephen
Jordan for his review. In addition, Task Force Co-chairs Luis Torres,
interim associate dean of School of Letters, Arts and Sciences, and
Judi Diaz Bonacquisti, associate vice president for enrollment
services, presented the recommendations to the President’s Cabinet Feb.
4. The recommendations are posted on the HSI Web site at http://www.mscd.edu/president/hsi/documents.shtml.
The results of the voting will be posted after further analysis is
complete that will better allow the recommendations to be prioritized.
“I’m proud of the work the committee did,” said Diaz Bonaquisti.
“Now the College has its work cut out. We need to weave this initiative
into serving all of our students the best we can.”
According to Torres, most of the recommendations are for changes in
the basic structure at the College “Making these fundamental, major
changes would benefit all students, Latinos in particular,” he said.
Torres related the example of one recommendation from the
Recruitment, Retention and Student Development Subcommittee to expand
the Excel Outreach Program by building long-term relationships and
developing admission services onsite at the College’s feeder high
“We learned on our site visits that HSI universities have admissions
counselors at the high schools,” Torres said. (To read more about those
visits to HSIs go to http://www.mscd.edu/~collcom/artman/publish/hsi_twv5110707.shtml.)
In his role as co-chair, Torres obtained from Institutional Research
a listing of the top feeder high schools from 2001 to 2006. Only one,
South High School, was a Denver Public School, in spite of the fact
that North and West high schools are within walking distance of the
campus. “There were only a total of 33 students in 2005 from DPS’s
predominantly Latino high schools: North, West, Manual and Lincoln. If
we can’t recruit more from these schools, we’re simply not going to
reach HSI status,” he said.
With the demographics showing an ever-increasing Latino population,
Torres said, “What we’re really aiming at is: what do we need to do to
better serve the College’s mandated geographical area?”
The second question is, Where do we go from here? or as Diaz Bonacquisti said, “How do we own it?”
First, though, Jordan will complete his assessment of the final
report and determine when and how it should be presented to the Board
of Trustees. The higher priority recommendations will need budget
requests submitted to Natalie Lutes, vice president of administration
and finance, for the next budget cycle. Watch @Metro for information
about the initiative's next steps.
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