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CSU Honors National Hispanic Heritage Month



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The CSU provides systemwide and campus initiatives that increase graduation rates for Hispanic and/or Latino students. Photo courtesy of CSU Fullerton

As part of its commitment to foster a culture of college readiness and success among the diverse communities it serves, the CSU honors National Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 through October 15, as well as National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week this week.

Many systemwide programs—including
Feria de Educación and the Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE), which are part of the CSU Latino Initiative—aim to increase Hispanic and/or Latino students' access to higher education and graduation rates.

The CSU campuses also offer centers that support Hispanic and/or Latino students:

  • CSU Fullerton's Chicana/o Resource Center (CRC) hosts workshops on graduate school, health education, leadership and more. The CRC provides a learning environment for students and the broader community on the history and culture of Chicanos and Latinos.
  • Humboldt State's Latin@ Center for Academic Excellence empowers students who self-identify as Latin@ through programs and resources on academic, personal and professional development.
  • CSU Long Beach's Center for Latino Community Health supports community health initiatives that increase access to health education, prevention, screening and treatment. Students are trained to improve the Latino community's access to health care.
  • Cal State LA's Chicana/o Latina/o Student Resource Center (CLSRC) provides services and events for students who identify as, or are interested in, Chicano and Latino community and cultural issues.
  • Cal Poly Pomona's Cesar E. Chavez Center for Higher Education offers opportunities for students to develop leadership skills through workshops, trainings and conferences. It also hosts events such as the Dia de los Muertos Celebration and the Raza Graduation Celebration, which celebrates the success of graduating Hispanic and/or Latino students.
  • Sacramento State's Serna Center encourages policy and political knowledge, activism and engagement, student access and excellence, and community service for Hispanic and/or Latino students.
  • CSU San Marcos' Latin@ Center, which celebrates its one-year anniversary on September 17, welcomes students to showcase Latin@ culture, academic excellence, research, collaboration and community service and inspires social change to the wider campus community.

Twenty of the 23 CSU campuses are Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), and with one-third of its student enrollment self-identified as Hispanic and/or Latino, the CSU is the only systemwide member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU).​

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