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Our Work


The growth among Hispanic Americans in terms of total population, public school enrollments, and participation in higher education positions the United States for a desirable future of economic growth and strength. Hispanic Americans’ contribution to innovation, leadership to the private and public sectors, the marketplace of ideas, and a competitive edge in the global economy is boundless. However, the benefits from these contributions will be limited if Hispanic students continue to be underrepresented in higher education and do not earn the postsecondary education credentials critical for the 21st century economy.



19% of the U.S. population is Hispanic, up 23% from 10 years ago


More than 1 in 4 U.S. K-12 students are Hispanic (28%)


22% of U.S. college undergraduates are Hispanic


The Natalicio Institute’s focus is on three main goals related to Hispanic student success in higher education.

Advance Research and Scholarship

The Natalicio Institute will convene researchers and experts from across the globe to study and disseminate knowledge about organizational cultures, policies, and practices that strengthen capacity in Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs) to advance student success. A critical focal point of our research pillar is to create knowledge about, and share insight among, Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs).

Advance Inclusive Leadership and Practice

A critical pillar of our work is to develop faculty, staff and administrators who are poised to lead and transform the increasingly diverse environment of higher education. The Natalicio Institute will provide growth and development opportunities for stakeholders through fellowships, learning communities, courses, convenings, and resource materials.

Shape Higher Education Policy

Informed by research and institutional practice, the Natalicio Institute will influence policy discussions in collaboration with networks of universities, nonprofit policy organizations, and private-sector entities to support and enhance Hispanic-serving institutions’ role in broadening educational opportunities for historically underserved groups.