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Hispanic-Serving Institution

Cal State LA is deeply proud to be a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a status the University has held for over three decades.

What is an HSI?

To qualify as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, or HSI, an educational institution must serve a population comprised of 25% or more Latino students and must be designated as an eligible institution under Title III and Title V of the Higher Education Act of 1965. Of the 23 campuses that make up the California State University system, 21 are HSIs, including Cal State LA. 

As an HSI, our role goes beyond the federal definition. Our University community does more than simply enroll a high percentage of Latinx students. We are committed to providing academic programs, extracurricular experiences, events, and student services that celebrate their diverse cultural wealth, cultivate a sense of sociocultural validation and belonging, and are tailored to their needs. ​

Supporting Chicanx and Latinx Students

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Chicanx Latinx Student Resource Center

The Chicanx Latinx Student Resource Center provides services, support, events, and programs for students who identify as part of, or are interested in, the Chicanx and/or Latinx community and culture. 

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HSI Grants

In the last five years, Cal State LA has received more than $26.3 million in grants supporting the University's activities and initiatives as an HSI.

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Since 1989, Cal State LA has been a proud member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. The University is also a member of American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education.

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Nuestra Graduate Celebration

During this event, graduates can celebrate the cultural influences and traditions that have contributed to their academic success.


Legacy of Chicano Studies

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Department of Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies

Cal State LA is home to the first Chicano Studies program in the nation, established at the University more than five decades ago. Now the Department of Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies is housed in the College of Ethnic Studies.


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Engineering a Life

Alumnus Salvador Rojas built a robot while studying at Cal State LA. But his greatest invention came outside the lab.

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Cal State LA named 2022 Fulbright HSI Leader

Cal State LA was named a Fulbright HSI Leader by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

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Cal State LA receives grant to support adult learners of color

The grant will support a university-community partnership aimed at helping Black, Latino, and Indigenous adult learners access higher education.

Faculty and Staff

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Chicanx Latinx University Association

The Chicanx Latinx University Association is an organization that serves and represents Chicanx and Latinx faculty and staff at Cal State LA.


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Chicanx and Latinx University Alumni Network

The Chicanx and Latinx University Alumni Network cultivates and supports an inclusive community of alumni. In collaboration with students, faculty, and staff, CLUAN offers mentoring programs, services, network opportunities, and financial initiatives that facilitate professional, social, and academic growth among the Chicanx/Latinx community. CLUAN was established in 2021 with support from the Chicanx Latinx University Association.

Serving the Community

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Cal State LA has longstanding relationships with the Latinx communities in Los Angeles that many of our students call home. Through community partnerships and initiatives, Cal State LA transforms lives and fosters thriving communities across the region.

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