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Book Launch - "Becoming Hispanic-Serving Institutions: Opportunities for Colleges and Universities"

Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019

4-6 p.m.

Center for Urban Education (4303 Wesley W. Posvar Hall)

230 S. Bouquet Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Co-sponsored by University of Pittsburgh's School of Education and Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS). Join author and School of Education associate professor, Dr. Gina Garcia for a talk and Q & A about her book, Becoming Hispanic-Serving Institutions: Opportunities for Colleges and Universities. Following her talk, there will be a brief book signing. A limited quantity of copies of the book will be available for registrants for free, and other copies will be available for purchase. Light refreshments will be served.

About the Book

Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs)—not-for-profit, degree-granting colleges and universities that enroll at least 25% or more Latinx students—are among the fastest-growing higher education segments in the United States. As of fall 2016, they represented 15% of all postsecondary institutions in the United States and enrolled 65% of all Latinx college students. As they increase in number, these questions bear consideration: What does it mean to serve Latinx students? What special needs does this student demographic have? And what opportunities and challenges develop when a college or university becomes an HSI?

In Becoming Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Gina Ann Garcia explores how institutions are serving Latinx students, both through traditional and innovative approaches. Drawing on empirical data collected over two years at three HSIs, Garcia adopts a counternarrative approach to highlight the ways that HSIs are reframing what it means to serve Latinx college students. She questions the extent to which they have been successful in doing this while exploring how those institutions grapple with the tensions that emerge from confronting traditional standards and measures of success for postsecondary institutions.

Laying out what it means for these three extremely different HSIs, Garcia also highlights the differences in the way each approaches its role in serving Latinxs. Incorporating the voices of faculty, staff, and students, Becoming Hispanic-Serving Institutions asserts that HSIs are undervalued, yet reveals that they serve an important role in the larger landscape of postsecondary institutions.

About the Author

Dr. Gina Ann Garcia is an associate professor in the department of Administrative and Policy Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research centers on issues of equity and diversity in higher education with an emphasis on understanding how Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) embrace and enact an organizational identity for serving minoritized populations. She also seeks to understand the experiences of administrators, faculty and staff within HSIs and the outcomes of Latinx college students attending these institutions. Finally, her research looks at the ways that race and racism have shaped the experiences of minoritized groups in higher education. Dr. Garcia has made numerous presentations at national conferences and co-authored multiple publications in top journals including American Educational Research Journal, The Review of Higher Education, andJournal of Diversity in Higher Education.She was awarded a Ford Foundation postdoctoral fellowship in 2016 and a National Academy of Education/Spencer postdoctoral fellowship in 2017. She is the author of Becoming Hispanic-Serving Institutions: Opportunities for Colleges & Universities, published by Johns Hopkins University Press. Dr. Garcia graduated from California State University, Northridge with a bachelor’s degree in marketing, the University of Maryland, College Park with a master’s degree in college student personnel, and the University of California, Los Angeles with a Ph.D. in higher education and organizational change.

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