Becoming Hispanic-Serving Institutions
Complicating Hispanic Serving Institutions
Transforming Hispanic Serving Institutions
In this keynote address, Dr. Garcia discusses her book, published by Johns Hopkins University Press. The book is about three HSIs in Chicago that are all four-years HSIs, but each have different characteristics, ranging in size, type, institutional control, mission, and history as HSIs. Dr. Garcia lays out her general argument about the racialization of HSIs, and how they are often evaluated in comparison to racially white institutions within a system that values racially white norms and measures. She then provides evidence of how HSIs are unique, based on empirical data collected with the three HSIs in her study. Audience members will be encouraged to think about how becoming an HSI is an individual process for each college and university.
In this keynote address, Dr. Garcia provides basic information about HSIs, including their history and characteristics, as well as basic demographics of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff at HSIs. She then provides an overview of her own research, including the development of the Typology of HSI Organizational Identities, in which she argues that the HSI identity is conceptualized by both outcomes and culture. Using the current research on HSIs, Dr. Garcia shows that the HSI identity is complicated, multifaceted, and transitional. Audience members will learn what it means to move from Latinx-enrolling to Latinx-serving.
In this keynote address, Dr. Garcia talks about her Decolonizing HSIs Framework, which is an organizational model that is grounded in decolonial theory and anti-racist practices. First, she talks about the social and historical factors that have hindered the educational success of Latinxs, arguing for the need to use critical theory as a framework for serving these students. Then she lays out the framework, which includes nine organizational elements: mission, purpose, membership, governance, technology, boundary management, incentive structures, justice & accountability, and community standards. Audience members will be encouraged to think about how to transform HSIs, from an organizational level, using her framework.