September 19, 2019

Harris, Feinstein, Colleagues Introduce Senate Resolution Honoring Over 500 Hispanic-Serving Institutions

The resolution designates September 16-22 as "National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week” 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As our nation begins its celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, U.S. Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) joined Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and 15 of their colleagues in introducing a Senate resolution recognizing the work, goals, and achievements of 523 non-profit Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) throughout our nation by designating the week of September 16-22 as "National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week."

“California’s over 100 Hispanic-Serving Institutions play a vital role in unlocking the full talents of the students they serve and investing in their futures,” said Senator Harris. “I’m proud to join my colleagues in this resolution that recognizes and celebrates the role of HSIs in the education and development of our nation’s students. These institutions are crucial to developing our future leaders.”

Defined as degree-granting institutions where total Hispanic enrollment constitutes of no less than 25% of the total enrollment, HSIs play a critical role in educating Hispanic youth and improving the communities in which they are located. HSIs are located in 25 states and Puerto Rico with emerging Hispanic-Serving Institutions located in 35 States and the District of Columbia.

In addition to Harris, Feinstein, and Menendez, the resolution is cosponsored by Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Cory Booker (D- NJ), Bob Casey (D-PA), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Amy Klobuchar (D- MN), Patty Murray (D- WA), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and Tom Udall (D-NM).

For the full text of the resolution, click here.