AdventHealth University Earns Hispanic-Serving Facility Designation

AdventHealth University recently earned a prestigious designation as a Hispanic Service Institution (HSI), one of 29 Florida colleges and universities recognized with this distinction by the U.S. Department of Education.

HSIs are defined as institutions with 25% or more full-time Hispanic undergraduate enrollment. 268 Hispanic students (or 35% of undergraduates) make AdventHealth University their place of higher education.

“This national recognition is, in large part, due to the exceptional ways in which our faculty and our team foster an environment that welcomes students from diverse backgrounds and viewpoints and inspires first-generation students,” Ruben Martinez, vice- senior president of finance for AdventHealth University, said. Martinez’s finance and financial aid teams helped pursue this designation.

“As a highly diverse campus, we are committed to understanding everyone’s cultures and backgrounds, breaking down financial and social barriers, and discovering each student’s talents and dreams,” added Martinez.

This designation makes AdventHealth University eligible for additional funding to expand educational opportunities for Hispanic students and other underrepresented populations. It also provides support for programs that improve enrolment, retention and graduation rates. According to the White House Initiative on Advancing Equality, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity in Education for Hispanics, one of its goals is to “remove barriers that impede the access of higher education institutions that serve Hispanic and Latino students, such as HSI, to federal funding, and build the capacity of these institutions to participate in federal programs and partnerships.

“AdventHealth University’s designation as a Hispanic-serving institution is particularly noteworthy, as it comes at a time when college enrollment is declining in the United States and the number of HSIs has declined for the first time in two decades,” said Rep. Darren Soto (D-FL), mentioned. Soto represents the 9th congressional district, which includes part of Orlando and Osceola County. “Federal funding will allow institutions like AdventHealth University to improve their approaches to making health care degrees more accessible, creating a diverse workforce and a stronger pipeline of tomorrow’s professionals and leaders.”

the original version of this story was published by AdventHealth.

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