Senators Padilla, Menendez to Co-Chair First-Ever Hispanic-Serving Institutions Senate Caucus

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As part of National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week, and to mark the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month, U.S. Senators Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), both members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, today announced the launch of the first-ever Senate Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Caucus for the 117th Congress.

The HSI Caucus aims to educate Members of Congress about the contributions and importance of allocating adequate resources to the 569 Hispanic-Serving Institutions found in 185 congressional districts in 28 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

“To support a highly educated workforce, develop future leaders, and build a more inclusive democracy and economy, we must ensure Latino students thrive. No other state has more Hispanic-Serving Institutions than California, where we know that diversity is our greatest strength,” said Senator Padilla. “That is why I am proud to launch the HSI Caucus in the Senate with Senator Menendez to help promote equity in higher education both in the Golden State and throughout the country. I’ll continue working in Congress to ensure that HSIs have the tools and resources they need to support our students and the communities that depend on their success.”  

“As a proud alumnus of one of New Jersey’s leading Hispanic-Serving Institutions, I experienced first-hand the positive impact these institutions make in the lives of Hispanic students across the country by providing them with unparalleled academic and professional opportunities,” said Senator Menendez. “It gives me great pride to join Sen. Padilla in leading this initiative in the Senate to recognize, promote and enhance the key role Hispanic-Serving Institutions play in preparing our nation’s Hispanic students to succeed academically, thrive economically, and to become our next generation of leaders. At a time when initiatives for inclusion and diversity have become an economic and moral imperative, we will also use this Caucus to support diverse leadership opportunities in higher education.”

“The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities is pleased that Senator Padilla and Senator Menendez, who represent states with many HSIs will be leading the Senate HSI Caucus,” said HACU President and CEO Antonio R. Flores. “We hope that through their leadership and the support of more Members of Congress, we can continue to heighten appreciation and federal support for HSIs, resulting in increased funding allocations and enactment of laws that benefit HSIs and the students they serve – the workforce of tomorrow.”

Earlier this month, Sen. Padilla supported the launch of the Global HSI Equity Innovation Hub at California State University, Northridge, which will work to transform HSIs throughout the California State University system and the nation in order to increase student success and equip Latino and other historically underserved students with skills for high-demand careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). As in previous years, Sen. Menendez led the Senate Resolution to designate the week of September 13, 2021 as “National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week.”

California is home to 175 HSIs, while New Jersey has a total of 20 such institutions.

The Hispanic-Serving Institutions in California are:

  • Allan Hancock College
  • American River College
  • Antelope Valley College
  • Antioch University-Santa Barbara
  • Azusa Pacific University
  • Bakersfield College
  • Barstow Community College
  • Berkeley City College
  • Butte College
  • Cabrillo College
  • California Baptist University
  • California College San Diego
  • California College San Diego
  • California Lutheran University
  • California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
  • California State University-Bakersfield
  • California State University-Channel Islands
  • California State University-Chico
  • California State University-Dominguez Hills
  • California State University-East Bay
  • California State University-Fresno
  • California State University-Fullerton
  • California State University-Long Beach
  • California State University-Los Angeles
  • California State University-Monterey Bay
  • California State University-Northridge
  • California State University-Sacramento
  • California State University-San Bernardino
  • California State University-San Marcos
  • California State University-Stanislaus
  • Canada College
  • Casa Loma College-Van Nuys
  • CBD College
  • Cerritos College
  • Cerro Coso Community College
  • Chabot College
  • Chaffey College
  • Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science
  • Citrus College
  • City College of San Francisco
  • Clovis Community College
  • Coastline Community College
  • College of Alameda
  • College of Marin
  • College of San Mateo
  • College of the Canyons
  • College of the Desert
  • College of the Sequoias
  • Compton College
  • Concordia University – Irvine
  • Contra Costa College
  • Copper Mountain Community College
  • Cosumnes River College
  • Crafton Hills College
  • Cuesta College
  • Cuyamaca College
  • Cypress College
  • De Anza College
  • Diablo Valley College
  • Dominican University of California
  • East Los Angeles College
  • East San Gabriel Valley Regional Occupational Program
  • El Camino Community College District
  • Evergreen Valley College
  • Feather River Community College District
  • Foothill College
  • Fresno City College
  • Fresno Pacific University
  • Fullerton College
  • Gavilan College
  • Glendale Community College
  • Golden West College
  • Grossmont College
  • Hacienda La Puente Adult Education
  • Hartnell College
  • Holy Names University
  • Homestead Schools
  • Hope International University
  • Humboldt State University
  • Humphreys University-Stockton and Modesto Campuses
  • Imperial Valley College
  • John Paul the Great Catholic University
  • La Sierra University
  • Lake Tahoe Community College
  • Las Positas College
  • Lassen Community College
  • Life Pacific College
  • Loma Linda University
  • Long Beach City College
  • Los Angeles City College
  • Los Angeles County College of Nursing and Allied Health
  • Los Angeles Harbor College
  • Los Angeles Mission College
  • Los Angeles Pacific University
  • Los Angeles Pierce College
  • Los Angeles Southwest College
  • Los Angeles Trade Technical College
  • Los Angeles Valley College
  • Los Medanos College
  • Marymount California University
  • Mendocino College
  • Menlo College
  • Merced College
  • Merritt College
  • Mills College
  • MiraCosta College
  • Mission College
  • Modesto Junior College
  • Monterey Peninsula College
  • Moorpark College
  • Moreno Valley College
  • Mount Saint Mary’s University
  • Mt San Antonio College
  • Mt San Jacinto Community College District
  • Napa Valley College
  • National University
  • Norco College
  • Notre Dame de Namur University
  • Orange Coast College
  • Oxnard College
  • Pacific Oaks College
  • Pacific Union College
  • Palo Verde College
  • Palomar College
  • Pasadena City College
  • Porterville College
  • Providence Christian College
  • Reedley College
  • Rio Hondo College
  • Riverside City College
  • Sacramento City College
  • Saddleback College
  • Saint Mary’s College of California
  • San Bernardino Valley College
  • San Diego Christian College
  • San Diego City College
  • San Diego Mesa College
  • San Diego Miramar College
  • San Diego State University
  • San Francisco State University
  • San Joaquin Delta College
  • San Jose City College
  • San Jose State University
  • Santa Ana College
  • Santa Barbara City College
  • Santa Monica College
  • Santa Rosa Junior College
  • Santiago Canyon College
  • Sierra College
  • Skyline College
  • Solano Community College
  • Sonoma State University
  • Southwestern College
  • Taft College
  • University of California-Irvine
  • University of California-Merced
  • University of California-Riverside
  • University of California-Santa Barbara
  • University of California-Santa Cruz
  • University of La Verne
  • University of Redlands
  • University of Saint Katherine
  • University of the West
  • Vanguard University of Southern California
  • Ventura College
  • Victor Valley College
  • West Hills College-Coalinga
  • West Hills College-Lemoore
  • West Los Angeles College
  • West Valley College
  • Whittier College
  • Woodbury University
  • Woodland Community College
  • World Mission University
  • Yuba College

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