HSU recognized as champion of equity



Humboldt State University was named the 2021 Equity Champion for Higher Education for its exemplary work in enrolling in the Latinx Associate Degree for employees transferring on a guaranteed path to a bachelor’s degree.

The Campaign for College Opportunity recently announced that HSU was one of the leading colleges and universities in the state to confer the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT), registration ADT employees on guaranteed pathways to a bachelor’s degree and intentionally working to support Latinx students on their way to a degree.

The recognition highlights the efforts that HSU did to close the equity gap for Latinx students, including the designation of the University as a Hispanic institution.

HSU has been serving Hispanics since 2013; the University has qualified each year since by consistently serving a student body that is at least 25% Hispanic. The designation demonstrates HSUThe commitment to focus on student success for all students, including Latinx, first generation and low income students. Currently, 32% of HSUThe student body identifies itself as Hispanic.

Several academic programs have been created to support Latinx students and other students of color. ¡Échale Ganas !, for example, is designed to support hands-on learning and career advancement for Latinx students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The Diverse Male Scholars Initiative aims to promote a sense of belonging, camaraderie, and a contemporary understanding of what it means to navigate life as self-identified men of color. Similar programs include HSUfirst year Klamath Connection and Creando Raices (Creating Roots) learning communities.

An essential platform for Latinx voices to HSU are the three bilingual publications of the University: the multilingual literary magazine Toyon, published in English and Spanish; El Leñador, a bilingual monthly newspaper launched in 2013; and CouRageouS Cuentos, a student journal published by the Department of Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies.

Founded in the summer of 2015, El Centro Académico Cultural is committed to student success with a responsive approach, which includes the development of academic, intellectual, personal and professional growth. El Centro is one of five cultural centers of academic excellence in HSU, which include the Indian Tribal and Educational Staff Program (ITEPP), the Center for Social Justice, Equity and Inclusion and the Umoja Center for Pan-African Student Excellence.

The Campaign for College Opportunities will recognize HSU during a virtual event, the celebration of the champions of higher education, on Tuesday 16 November.

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