Hispanic-Serving Research Universities Form Alliance to Increase Opportunities for Latinx Doctoral Students, Faculty

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During an event in Washington D.C. on Thursday, a group of 20 Hispanic-serving research universities announced the launch of a new alliance to increase opportunities for Hispanic and Latinx doctoral students and professors.

The Alliance of Hispanic Serving Research Universities seeks to double the number of Hispanic and Latinx doctorate students and boost the number of Latinx faculty members by 20 percent at their institutions by 2030.

“Hispanics are the largest minority group in the United States and are now 17% of the workforce, yet they continue to be underrepresented in higher education. No group is better positioned than we are to expand the pathway to opportunity,” stated Heather Wilson, president of The University of Texas at El Paso and the alliance’s chair, in a press release. “We believe we are stronger together than as individual institutions acting alone.”

Members of the alliance have been categorized as R1, which means they are considered to have “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. All 20 universities have also been designated Hispanic Serving Institutions by the U.S. Department of Education.

“By improving Hispanic representation in academia, this Alliance will change the face of higher education,” stated University of California, Riverside Chancellor Kim Wilcox in the press release. “We can bring diverse perspectives into the research conducted by our exceptional faculty, creating opportunities for purposeful careers both in and outside of academia for Hispanic students.”

The complete list of participating schools includes:

  • Arizona State University
  • City University of New York Graduate Center
  • Florida International University
  • Texas Tech University
  • The University of Arizona
  • The University of New Mexico
  • The University of Texas at Arlington
  • The University of Texas at Austin
  • The University of Texas at El Paso
  • The University of Texas at San Antonio
  • University of California, Irvine
  • University of California, Riverside
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Colorado, Denver
  • University of Houston
  • University of Illinois Chicago
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • University of North Texas