September 15, 2021: National Hispanic Heritage Month


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Dear Campus Community,

Today is the first day of National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15, 2021) and this year’s national theme, "Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope," captures the motto of Rhode Island and the spirit of Rhode Island College.

Rhode Island’s Hispanic/Latinx population grew by 34% over the last decade, from 12.4 % in the year 2010 Census to 16.6% in the year 2020. Rhode Island College currently has the highest percentage of Hispanic/Latinx students of any institution of higher education in the state, with 25.1%. As Rhode Island’s college, we are making four-year degrees accessible to more Rhode Islanders and providing hope for countless students of all backgrounds to pursue their dreams.
I invite you to join us and participate in the many programs and activities that have been planned as part of our recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month here on campus. Please visit our website to learn more about upcoming programming.

We are proud to be a first-choice institution for the state’s increasingly diverse population and to represent the diversity of Rhode Island as a whole, with a campus community that looks more like the state it serves every year. In fact, a campus-wide work group, charged by me earlier this year, is developing strategies and identifying resources that will be needed for RIC to earn federal recognition as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), which means that at least 25% of our undergraduate student body identifies as Hispanic/Latinx. This designation would enable us to be more responsive and intentional to the needs of our growing Hispanic/Latinx students, ensuring that they – and all RIC students – experience success as they complete their degrees. In the days and weeks that follow, I will be sharing more information with you about what it means to become a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and our work to ensure higher education is accessible to all.
Yours in education,

Frank D. Sánchez

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