Becoming An Hispanic-Serving Institution

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A first-choice institution

As a first-choice institution for Hispanic/Latinx students in Rhode Island, we are boldly committed to expanding access and building an inclusive community where students are welcomed and thrive. Join our community of students boldly pursuing their dreams.

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One of our greatest strengths is the diversity of our students.

We are increasing our diversity and expanding access and opportunity to higher education for all Rhode Islanders.


What does it mean to be an HSI?

HSI status is defined by the Higher Education Act and designated by the U.S. Department of Education to acknowledge Title V-eligible colleges and universities where 25 percent or more of total undergraduate full-time equivalent student enrollment identifies as Hispanic or Latinx. Eligibility must be met annually.

Becoming an HSI means opportunity

At Rhode Island College, Hispanic/Latinx students belong to a bold community of diverse students, dedicated faculty and staff, and a robust support system to guide them through their years at RIC and beyond.

We don't just serve Hispanic-Latinx students, we serve all students. We are committed to fostering the sense of "servingness" at RIC -  enhancing our ability to serve students of all backgrounds and making it more intentional and inclusive of all student populations.

As of 2020, there were 569 HSIs nationwide, enrolling two-thirds of all Hispanic/Latinx undergraduates in the U.S. RIC currently has the highest percentage of Hispanic/Latinx students of any institution of higher education in the state, with 25.1 percent.

With Rhode Island’s Hispanic/Latinx population growing by nearly 40 percent over the last decade, from 12.4 percent in the 2010 Census to 16.6 percent in 2020, HSI status is aligned with the college’s mission to make a four-year degree accessible to all Rhode Islanders.

With nearly 40 percent of RIC students identifying as people of color and nearly half of undergraduates identifying as the first in their families to attend college, the school educates the most economically, culturally and racially diverse cross-section of Rhode Islanders of any four-year institution in the state.

Thanks to LatinX students making RIC their college of choice, we are now poised to become an HSI and compete for and receive additional federal resources through Title III and Title V federal funding.These capacity building grants would strengthen the college as a whole. In addition to enabling colleges to expand educational opportunities for and improve the academic attainment of Hispanic/Latinx students, these federal funds are intended to expand and enhance the academic offerings, improve program quality, and increase institutional stability of the colleges and universities that educate the majority of Hispanic students nationwide.


Support student scholarships

A philanthropic contribution to support student scholarships helps to pave a path to a bright future for our students. Contact the Rhode Island College Foundation to learn how you can make a bold impact.

Meet the RIC HSI Work Group

The Rhode Island College HSI Work Group was formed in March 2021 and charged with developing strategies that will allow RIC to best promote and leverage an HSI designation, exploring what it means to be an HSI, examining and assessing college practices and policies, and seeking funding to support the college's HSI initiatives.

Please share your thoughts and ideas with us:

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Anna Cano Morales

Anna M. Cano-Morales

Interim Vice President of External Relations & Diversity




A BOLD focus on diversity over time

RIC designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI)

RIC establishes HSI Work Group

RIC strategic plan prioritizes diversity, equity and inclusion

Office of Community, Equity and Diversity name is amended to be known as the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Creation of RIC Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategic plan

RIC publishes Campus Climate Survey Report 

RIC launches Campus Climate Survey with Rankin & Associates Consulting

Inclusive Excellence prioritized in Rhode Island College’s Strategic Plan

Anna Cano Morales appointed at Associate Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Director of Institutional Equity hired

Dr. Frank D. Sánchez announces the creation of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (Previously known as Community, Equity and Diversity)

Dr. Frank D. Sánchez appointed the 10th President of Rhode Island College

RIC launches the Dialogue on Diversity Committee

Created RIC Unity Center on campus

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