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Issue Background

Congressional HSI Caucus

CALL TO ACTION
Ask your Representative to join the Congressional HSI Caucus by clicking here.

The Congressional HSI Caucus is an important tool and a way to engage with Members of Congress and their staff in meaningful way about the importance and value of HSIs.

HACU re-established the Congressional Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Caucus to educate Members of Congress and their staff about the value and impact of HSIs in their districts and communities.  Despite a significant growth in the number of HSIs as well as the number of low-income and first-generation students in those institutions, federal investments have remained stagnant over the past decade.  The HSI Caucus will give HACU and its members a valuable communication tool with Members of Congress to engage in a dialogue about the development of additional resources and legislative opportunities for HSIs.

We are grateful for the leadership of our four Co-Chairs, and look forward to recruiting additional members:

The term congressional caucus or congressional Member organization refers to a group of Members of Congress who join together in pursuit of common legislative objectives and register the organization with the Committee on House Administration. In many instances, Members assign personal staff to assist the caucus in carrying out its legislative objectives.

The goals of the Congressional HSI Caucus are the following:

  1. Increase awareness of the value and impact of HSIs with Members of Congress and their staff;
  2. Increase federal investments in HSIs;
  3. Allow Members of Congress to formally show their support for HSIs by joining the Caucus; and
  4. Foster long-term relationships with various Congressional offices.

Additional Resources

Did you know?
According to the most recent Dept. of Education data, there are 569 Hispanic-Serving Institutions in 28 states, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, yet HSIs enroll 65% of all Hispanic students in higher education.