Elevating Hispanic-Serving Community Colleges


"I think that where [adding HSI to the mission] gets complicated for community colleges in particular is these are open access institutions that have the charge to serve everyone who walks through their doors."

Dra. Erin Doran

Episode description

We turn the focus to Hispanic-Serving Community Colleges (HSCCs) for this episode of ¿Qué pasa, HSIs? with Dra. Erin Doran who is an associate professor in the School of Education at Iowa State University. She is a 3-time graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), which has an extensive history as an HSI that Erin documented, highlighting the intentional way that the university set out to serve Latinx students. Her experience at UTSA and her accumulated five years of experience as a community college adjunct is highly influential on her outlook as a teacher and informs much of her research about Latina/o/x students, community colleges; college learning and teaching; and ethnic studies.

APA citation

Garcia, G.A. (Host). (2022, October 17). Elevating Hispanic-Serving Community Colleges. (No.6) [Audio podcast episode]. In ¿Qué pasa, HSIs?. https://www.ginaanngarcia.com/podcast-106

Show notes


Doran, E.E. (2015). Negotiating access and tier one aspirations: The historical evolution of a striving Hispanic-serving institution. The Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, 14(4), 343-354. https://doi.org/10.1177/1538192715570638 SJR 1.01

Doran, E.E., & Medina, Ø. (2017). The intentional and the grassroots Hispanic-Serving Institutions: A critical history of two universities. Association of Mexican American Educators Journal, 11(3), 29-49. https://doi.org/10.24974/amae.11.3.360

Doran, E.E. (2017). An empowerment framework for Latinx students in developmental education. Association of Mexican American Educators Journal, 11(2), 133-154. https://doi.org/10.24974/amae.11.2.353 

Doran, E.E. (2020). How Hispanic should Hispanic-serving institutions be? The Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 23(4), 104-114. https://doi.org/10.1177/1555458920947751

Doran, E.E. (2021). Situating Chicana/o/x Studies programs on community college campuses. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 1-13. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/10668926.2021.1877215