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Exemplifying Inclusive Excellence

A pioneer of inclusive excellence, The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) put forth a mission statement of access and excellence in the late 1980s. Today, UTEP has positioned itself as America’s leading Hispanic-serving Institution. It is one of nine institutions of higher education in 2019 to earn the inaugural Seal of Excelencia in Education. UTEP is also one of only 16 Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs) that is also in the “very high” doctoral research category, and perhaps more notable, it is the only one in this group with an open access mission.

Intentionality in the context of serving means recognizing that enrolling and graduating a high number of Hispanic students does not automatically translate into an institution being more welcoming or inclusive. It is important for HSIs and minority-serving institutions (MSIs) to demonstrate that their servingness efforts come from truly believing in their students. HSIs that truly serve Hispanics have intentional, multi-level mission-driven leadership focused on students’ success.

We invite you to browse examples of UTEP's servingness in action using our one-team approach, get involved with the Hispanic-Servingness Research Council, and join us in the upcoming events to be held during HSI week.

-The UTEP Servingness Working Group
Ann Quiroz Gates, Ph.D., Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
Nicole Aguilar, Director, Student Engagement & Leadership Center
Lucía Durá, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Writing Studies; Associate Dean, Graduate School
Lourdes Echegoyen, Ph.D., Director, Campus Office of Undergraduate Research Initiatives (COURI)
Virginia Fraire, Ph.D., Vice Provost for Student Success and Strategic Initiatives
Louie Rodriguez, Associate Vice President for Divisional Operations and Strategic Initiatives