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Chico State recognized as a Hispanic serving institute

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One of several initiatives to diversify Chico State includes increasing Hispanic enrollment. The university can now apply for specific grants as an HSI. Photo credit: Ryan Corrall

One of several initiatives to diversify Chico State includes increasing Hispanic enrollment. The university can now apply for specific grants as an HSI. Photo credit: Ryan Corrall

Ryan Corrall

Ryan Corrall

One of several initiatives to diversify Chico State includes increasing Hispanic enrollment. The university can now apply for specific grants as an HSI. Photo credit: Ryan Corrall

Katia Berg

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On Monday, Sept. 20, The California State University system introduced Chico State as a Hispanic Serving Institute and the university can now qualify for a number of programs and grants.

The federal program is designed to help first-generation, low-income Hispanic students. Although the university reached 25 percent of Hispanic students in 2014, Chico State didn’t meet all the requirements to gain federal recognition until this year.

In a letter to the campus community entitled “Being a Hispanic Institution,” Paul Zingg addressed the importance of serving underrepresented minorities, specifically low-income Hispanic students. The university is adamant about serving the needs of Hispanic students, rather than seeing them as just a number.

According to Zingg, becoming a Hispanic Serving Institute will allow Chico State to access grants which can help fund internships, equipment, facilities, professional development and research.

Katia Berg can be reached at [email protected] or on @katiaboli on twitter.

 

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