Chicanx/Latinx Graduation Celebration 2018

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UC Davis Achieves HSI Eligibility

Jan 8, 2019 | Culture, Fall/Winter 2018-19, On Campus

UC Davis has met the eligibility requirements to be a Hispanic Serving Institution, a status designated by the federal government.

A university must meet two criteria before applying to become an HSI: First, economically disadvantaged students must make up a substantial percentage of a university’s population, and the university must not exceed the national average per-student expenditure. Then, a quarter of domestic, full-time students must be of Hispanic heritage, and the institution must maintain those demographics for one full year.

The university planned to submit its HSI application to the U.S. Department of Education in fall 2018. The HSI grant can be used to expand student programs and aid. UC Davis expects to gain HSI designation in spring 2019.

“UC Davis has worked hard over many years to reach eligibility status,” said UC Davis Chancellor Gary S. May. “This has been a community effort, from faculty to alumni to staff, and one we take great pride in, and one we’ll continue for years to come.”

UC Davis already has more than 20,000 alumni who identify as Chicanx and Latinx, most of whom still live in California.