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.