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Transforming Hispanic-Serving Institutions for Equity and Justice

Gina Ann Garcia

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The framework to help Hispanic-Serving Institutions transform into spaces of liberation that promote racial equity and social justice.

Beyond having over a quarter of their undergraduate students be Hispanic, what makes Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) uniquely Latinx? And how can university leaders, faculty, and staff transform these institutions into spaces that promote racial equity, social justice, and collective liberation?

In Transforming Hispanic-Serving Institutions for Equity and Justice, Gina Ann Garcia argues that in order to serve Latinx students and other students of color...

The framework to help Hispanic-Serving Institutions transform into spaces of liberation that promote racial equity and social justice.

Beyond having over a quarter of their undergraduate students be Hispanic, what makes Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) uniquely Latinx? And how can university leaders, faculty, and staff transform these institutions into spaces that promote racial equity, social justice, and collective liberation?

In Transforming Hispanic-Serving Institutions for Equity and Justice, Gina Ann Garcia argues that in order to serve Latinx students and other students of color, these institutions must acknowledge how whiteness operates across the organization, from the ways that it is governed and how decisions are made to how education and knowledge are delivered. Diversity alone is insufficient for achieving a dynamic learning environment within higher education institutions. Garcia's framework for transforming HSIs into truly Latinx institutions is grounded in critical theories, yet it advances new ways of thinking about how to organize colleges and universities that are actively serving students of color, low-income students, and students from other minoritized backgrounds. This framework connects multiple important dimensions, including mission, identity, strategic purpose, membership, curriculum, student services, physical infrastructure, governance, leadership, external partnerships, and external influences.

Drawing on over 25 years of HSI research, Garcia offers unique solutions for colleges and universities that want to better serve their students. With over 550 colleges and universities already eligible for the HSI designation, this book is a must-read for everyone in higher education.

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An exceptional, substantive book about Hispanic-Serving Institutions by the leading expert on this important subject. Run, do not walk, to read this top-tier book.

Dr. Garcia provides a blueprint for the deep transformative practices that are required to enact true organizational change. Her work is a fiery call to action for all of us within HSIs to be agents of change for racial equity and reshape our institutions to center and serve students of color.

This book offers the most extensive, profound, and nuanced guidance for transforming HSIs for equity and justice thus far. May our strategies for centering servingness be challenged, strengthened, rebuilt as needed. We now know more about HSIs than ever before and must do the necessary work to evolve.

Transforming Hispanic-Serving Institutions for Equity and Justice is a must read for institutional and governmental actors, students, scholars, policy makers, advocates, and researchers. Dr. Garcia provides a historical, research and personal grounding, pushing HSIs to implement a race-forward approach leading to institutional transformation that advances equity, justice and liberation.

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9
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216
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9781421445908
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3 b&w illus.
Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Transforming Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) for Equity, Justice, & Liberation
2. Conceptualizing Mission, Identity, & Strategic Purpose within a Transformed HSI
3. Conceptualizing

Introduction
1. Transforming Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) for Equity, Justice, & Liberation
2. Conceptualizing Mission, Identity, & Strategic Purpose within a Transformed HSI
3. Conceptualizing Membership within a Transformed HSI
4. Conceptualizing Infrastructure within a Transformed HSI
5. Conceptualizing Governance & Leadership within a Transformed HSI
6. Conceptualizing External Partnerships within a Transformed HSI
References
Index
Notes

Author Bio
Gina Ann Garcia
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Gina Ann Garcia

Gina Ann Garcia (PITTSBURGH, PA) is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Foundations, Organizations, and Policy at the University of Pittsburgh. She is the author of Becoming Hispanic-Serving Institutions: Opportunities for Colleges and Universities.