Diaz-Balart to Co-Chair Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Caucus
WASHINGTON – Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Caucus President and CEO, Antonio R. Flores, announced that Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart will serve as the newest co-chair of the caucus, alongside U.S. Representatives Susan Davis (D-CA), Will Hurd (R-TX) and Raul Grijalva (D-AZ). The HSI Caucus, which was re-established in 2017, aims to educate Members of Congress about the prevalence and importance of Hispanic-Serving Institutions in their districts and communities, and about the importance of allocating adequate resources and legislative opportunities for these institutions. Currently, there are 523 HSIs across the nation and another 328 emerging HSIs.
“The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities commends Congressman Mario Diaz Balart for his commitment to Hispanic higher education and welcomes him as one of the co-chairs of the Congressional Hispanic-Serving Institutions Caucus,” said Flores “We look forward to working with him as he joins this important bipartisan HSI Caucus. His leadership and expertise within the U.S. Congress will serve to propel the work of the Caucus and enhance advocacy efforts on behalf of Hispanic-Serving institutions and the more than 4.4 million undergraduate students they serve.”
“With 25 established and 31 emerging Hispanic-Serving Institutions in the state of Florida alone, we must ensure that federal funding and investments match the growing number of HSIs in our nation,” said Diaz-Balart. “I’m eager to join Representatives Davis, Hurd and Grijalva to advocate for the Hispanic community in our universities.”
“Ensuring access to educational opportunities will strengthen the economy, drive technological advancement, and allow citizens to overcome socioeconomic challenges that are influenced by education inequality,” said Hurd, whose district is roughly 70% Hispanic. “HSI’s are committed to encouraging more Hispanic students to complete their education and become a valuable part of today’s workforce, and I am proud to represent these institutions and the communities that they serve as co-chair of the Congressional HSI Caucus.”
“HSIs help open the doors of opportunity to millions of Latino students across the country by helping them navigate the complexities of the higher education system with the support they need to succeed,” said Grijalva. “I look forward to working with the HSI Caucus to continue supporting these institutions as they serve a growing Latino population and continue investing in our students for generations to come.”