Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Committee

The mission of Community College of Denver is to provide our diverse community an opportunity to gain quality higher education and achieve personal success in a supportive and inclusive environment, while ensuring that every member of our community attains the education he or she desires.

An integral aspect of this mission is the commitment to respect, support and promote cultural diversity and equity. Equity is seen in the college effort to treat all people fairly, justly and impartially.

What is an HSI?

A Hispanic Serving Institution, or HSI, is a term used for a federal program designed to support a college or university in the United States that is eligible and has an enrollment of undergraduate full-time equivalent students that is at least 25 percent Hispanic students at the end of the award year immediately preceding the date of application.

Community College of Denver was designated a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education in 2001. The college earned that distinction because over 25 percent of our students identify themselves as Hispanic. The benefits of being an HSI are many including being eligible for federal funds and grants that benefit all students. For example, HSI funding has provided CCD with additional computer labs, academic advisors, and other support services, as well as increasing our ability to offer accelerated courses, and the services of the Career and Transfer Center.

CCD Colleagues

The HSI Advisory Committee would like to extend an open invitation in the spirit of diversity and inclusion to get involved in our work the 2016/2017 academic year.

This group has discussed CCD’s HSI status and encouraged appreciation and support for the Hispanic culture. The group serves in an advisory capacity to the VP of Enrollment Administration and Student Success, and is focused on providing direction in two areas:

  1. Identify and enact strategies to increase the amount of student programming and types of engagement opportunities that support Latino students, as well as increase diverse program offerings to all students.
  2. Determine appropriate ways to support the development of multicultural competencies for CCD employees. 


  • Coordinated SOMOS CCD, a Hispanic Heritage Month Student Activities Event which also encourage students to self-identify as Hispanic.
  • Offered scholarships for students to attend the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities National Conference (HACU).
  • Hosted Proctor and Gamble Co. and HACU’s National Internship Program to recruit diverse student interns at CCD.
  • Created the “Check Hispanic” card that encouraged students who had not selected an ethnicity on their admissions applications to update their student profiles. 
  • Offered Spanish Interpreting Services at the 2016 commencement ceremony.  50 headsets were used and families were very appreciative of this service. 
  • Planned a day-long professional development opportunity on Multicultural Leadership with Juana Bordas.  

Proposed Goals/Activities for 2016/2017

  • Support the Enrollment Management Plan goal of attaining 30% Latino by 2019
  • Plan and promote a positive campus environment for Latino Students specifically and students of color overall
  • Plan and schedule SOMOS CCD for two days in October during National Hispanic Heritage Month
  • Plan HACU’s National HSI Week (Sept 12-18)
  • Plan a Latino Heritage Award day to recognize community servants/champions/partners of CCD
  • Schedule Commencement Interpretive Services
  • Get out the Vote Effort/Push with Mi Familia Vota
  • Plan a Professional Development Training
  • Support the Cesar Chavez Tri-Institutional Latino Leadership Summit & Dia de Los Muertos
  • Promote Institutional National Coming Out Day, Dreamer Resource Day and Keeping the DREAM Alive Conference at DU
  • Increase HSI Efforts & Initiatives at CCD

Student Success Poster: CCD and HSI Committee recognize Alumna Angelica Prisciliano


Student Success Poster: CCD and HSI Committee Recognize Alumna Lexus Porter


About the HSI Committee

The CCD HSI Committee will have a positive impact on the on the College by making recommendations that enhance appreciation and support for the Hispanic culture, as well as increase, retain, and improve student, faculty, and staff experiences at all levels.

The CCD HSI Committee will support activities that are inclusive and educational, as well as operate in harmony with existing campus structures and committees. Specifically, the committee will consider many areas of interest and make recommendations to the president and executive staff, including but not limited to the following:

  • Promote understanding that accepts, celebrates, and appreciates the Hispanic culture and history within CCD.
  • Create an informal advisory group of community stakeholders to inform on events, concerns, and opportunities within the community.
  • Support college initiatives and serve as a resource for the College by providing information and educational forums that will facilitate better understanding and acceptance of cultural differences.
  • Explore and contribute to solution oriented action as it relates to the recruitment, retention, and completion of students of color.
  • Provide recommendations to the president and executive staff that identifies opportunities to address Hispanic issues or promote programs of interest to the Hispanic community both ion campus and to the larger, outside community.
  • Propose leadership training initiatives that build institutional capacity and enhance diversity; recommend skill-building and leadership-development opportunities for faculty, staff, and students.
  • Work on processes that will support our recruitment strategies to reach a broader and more ethnically diverse pool of candidates.
  • Work with management staff to review processes and recommend changes that may have a positive impact on broadening diversity and increasing educational opportunities.
  • Work with IT to identify and/or create a single source access to Hispanic-serving resources at the College and in the community.
  • Leveraging community partners and organizations to make recommendations for a communications strategy to keep campus efforts toward diversity prominent in the minds of faculty, staff, students, and the greater Denver metropolitan area.
  • To recommend grant or partnership opportunities that benefit students, faculty, and staff while enhancing CCD.
  • Explore innovative ways to promote a CCD climate that is inviting for all and to help all members of the community learn from and understand each other.
  • Recommend ways to foster beneficial external relations and collaborations locally, statewide and nationwide that enhance support for our HSI programs.
  • Recommend strategies to ensure that all staff in positions of authority understand, and are sensitive to, issues of the Hispanic populations on campus.


Co-Chairs: Ismael Garcia & Angelica Rueda

  • Teresa Adams
  • Isaiahs Chairez
  • Erin Farb
  • Anitra Galicia
  • Tina Garcia
  • Crystal Hernandez
  • Ivonne Kossik
  • Jessica Lanfranco
  • Danielle Langworthy
  • Marsha Mattingly
  • Quynh Pham
  • Victoria Quezada-Hernandez
  • Gustavo Rivas