Hispanic Serving Research Institution (HSRI)

The federal designation of a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) is an enrollment-driven classification for two-year or four-year not-for-profit institutions of higher education with a minimum 25 percent Hispanic/Latinx undergraduate student population. Scholars within higher education have explored what "serving" means and/or entails across different HSI college and university campuses. UCSB's reputation as a premiere research institution coupled with our dual-status as both an HSI and an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI), uniquely and advantageously positions research centers at UCSB. Research centers hold influential campus roles in supporting research directions, offering research opportunities, and/or showcasing research findings. CSI's mission to promote a research culture among students and post-PhDs to faculty demonstrates how we – as a research center - serve our campus communities.

CSI views this as a pivotal moment to reimagine UCSB as a Hispanic Serving Research Institution (HSRI) where graduate students and faculty are key institutional actors in promoting research among and about Latinx communities. In encouraging more communities of color to enter the academic workforce, we are also training a new diverse generation of UC leadership. Ultimately, an HSRI viewpoint stresses that research excellence is achieved best through inclusive research practices and collaborations.