Public Affairs, The California State University

HACU Highlights CSU Latino, Veteran Success

by Elizabeth Chapin

CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White greets students and attendees at the Fresno State booth during the HACU Conference in Chicago Oct. 27.
CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White greets students and attendees at the Fresno State booth during the HACU Conference in Chicago Oct. 27.

California State University leaders and students gathered to discuss issues impacting Latinos in higher education at the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) Annual Conference in Chicago Oct. 26-28. Hundreds of attendees represented the CSU, including 10 campus presidents and Chancellor Timothy P. White.

Highlights included a keynote address by Chancellor White and a panel on Latino education leadership featuring CSU Fullerton President Mildred Garcia. Cal State L.A. President Emeritus James M. Rosser also received HACU’s Lifelong Leadership Award.

In addition, Emir Jose Macari, Sacramento State’s Dean of the College of Engineering & Computer Science, moderated a meeting focused on increasing Latinos in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and CSU Director of Community Partnerships Clara Potes-Fellow led a discussion on Latino philanthropy.

This year’s meeting also featured a workshop highlighting CSU student veteran success. CSU Fullerton Veteran Certifying Official Brenda Estrada and San Francisco State Veterans Services Coordinator Rogelio Manaois talked about the CSU’s best practices in smoothing the transition from active duty military to student veteran.

CSU Fullerton students Karina Cortez and Miguel Ramirez were also a part of the discussion and shared their experiences navigating through college as new civilians. The Navy and Army veterans discussed how CSUF’s veteran center has helped them overcome the unique challenges they face as both Latino first-generation college students and veterans.

HACU represents approximately 450 colleges and universities committed to Latino higher education success. The organization also recognizes Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), colleges and universities with a Latino student enrollment of at least 25%, as designated by the Department of Education.

With Humboldt State’s recent qualification, the CSU has 15 HSIs. The HSI delegation makes campuses eligible for federal grants and other programs aimed at strengthening Latino student success.