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Southern California Consortium of Hispanic Serving Institutions - SCCHSI

Southern California Consortium of Hispanic Serving Institutions - "Latino Empowerment Through Education"

Hispanic-Serving Institutions

Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) are defined in federal law as accredited and degree-granting public or private nonprofit institutions of higher education with 25 percent or more total undergraduate Hispanic full-time equivalent student enrollment.


The Southern California Consortium of Hispanic Serving Institutions is committed to preparing Latino students for tomorrow’s challenges through collaboration and leveraging institutional strengths and resources. We will provide a cooperative vehicle to enhance the success of member institutions in reaching their individual and collective goals.

Emerging Hispanic-Serving Institutions

Because many institutions do not meet the 25 percent cut off to be classified as HSIs, institutions classified as emerging HSIs refers to the institutions that have 20 - 20.4 percent undergraduate Hispanic full-time enrollment. Emerging HSIs are institutions that may soon meet the basic legislative definition of a Hispanic-Serving Institution.


  • Increase the access, retention and success of Latino students in higher education.
  • Partner and network to secure funding for member institutions.
  • Advance the development of Latino leadership at member institutions.
  • Serve as the venue for sharing information on funding, legislation, and other matters that advance the interests of member institutions.
  • Collaborate with communities, businesses, government, and other organizations to leverage resources.
  • Support and improve resource development and staff development, including sharing best practices and strategies.
  • Support and work collaboratively with state- and national-level organizations, agencies, and associations who share a common interest and mission to support Hispanic Serving Institutions and/or underserved populations in higher education.

Advantages & Opportunities

  • Strategic alignment across our So-Cal region
  • Relationship-building across consortium members and affiliates 
  • Leverage resources collectively, as a consortium
  • Pool our knowledge & expertise 
  • Capacity-building across our institutions
  • Brand enhancement of the consortium
  • Rank and prioritize the most pressing issues affecting HSIs
  • Deliberate and decide on which of those issues we can agree to work on, and hone, collaboratively
  • Provide solutions that are specific and explicit to our So-Cal region (moving away from the generic “one size fits all”) 
  • Sustain - Replicate - Bring “up to scale” the successful models, therefore magnifying the positive effects
  • “Giving priorities” (the consortium to act as a broker and/or external evaluator; advising foundations, philanthropists, government agencies, donors and funding agencies)

SCCHSI Territory Map

SCCHSI Consortium Counties: Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernnardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Ventura