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Federal HSI Policies & Servingnes


From the episode:

"Capitalization of or commodification…for the benefit of the institution as a whole, rather than about how it might be of particular benefit to the [Latinx] students that make you eligible for funding right."

Dra. Stephanie Aquilar-Smith (she/ella)

Assistant Professor

University of North Texas

Episode description

In the inaugural episode of ¿Qué pasa, HSIs? I talk to Dra. Stephanie Aguilar-Smith, an Assistant Professor of Counseling and Higher Education at the University of North Texas, about federal HSI policies and servingness. Her research examines educational policies, higher education as a hierarchical stratified system, and the ways that these trends shape HSIs.


In this episode we explore the complexities of federal policies that shape servingness and learn about the motivation of HSI grant seekers when they pursue this stream of funding. This episode is also part of HSI Week 2022, a week dedicated to the celebration and acknowledgement of HSIs.  

APA citation

Garcia, G.A. (Host). (2022, September 12). Federal HSI Policies & Servingness. (No.1) [Audio podcast episode]. In ¿Qué pasa, HSIs?.

Show notes

Aguilar-Smith, S. (2021). Seeking to serve or $erve? Hispanic-serving institutions’ race-evasive pursuit of racialized funding. AERA Open, 7(1), 1-15.


The University of Arizona. (2022, June 9). UArizona joins alliance of nation's 20 largest Hispanic-serving research universities.

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