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Hispanic-Serving Institution Initiatives


Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs)

A Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) is defined as an institution of higher education that:

  • is an eligible institution; 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.

More information about HSIs can be found at the Department of Education's Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) website.

Purpose of Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions

To expand educational opportunities for and improve the academic attainment of Hispanic students and to expand and enhance the academic offerings, program quality, and institutional stability of the colleges and universities that educate the majority of Hispanic students.


College of San Mateo (CSM) is one of the HSIs found in San Mateo, California. More than 4,000 undergraduate students under the full-time equivalent enrollment have been enrolled in the institution, where 30.5% are Hispanic students. The institution's mission is to offer broad educational needs to the local and global community by enhancing diversity in the institution. As an HSI, it aims to provide a safe learning environment that promotes the capacity for self-advocacy of intersectional identities through a diverse faculty and staff.

Contact Us

Christopher Walker
Interim Dean, Mathematics & Science
Project Director, Developing Hispanic Institutions, Title V Grant 
(650) 574-6312

Heidi Pereira
Assistant Project Director, Developing Hispanic Institutions, Title V Grant
(650) 574-6285

Nikolas Stelmashenko
Program Services Coordinator
(650) 574-6263