Hispanic Advisory Council
The UA President’s Hispanic Advisory Council strengthens the relationships between the University and the Hispanic communities within the State of Arizona by serving as a communications conduit and by developing mutually-beneficial partnerships. Council members advise the President on matters of importance to Hispanic communities as they relate to the University of Arizona.
Highlights of Council Accomplishments
- Secured a significant amount of additional funding to support student recruitment efforts, bolster retention programs, and increase the number of students who benefit from UA writing skills programs.
- Collaborated with the Division of Student Affairs to increase the capacity of the UA New Start Program. New Start is a summer-bridge program that helps students successfully transition from high school to the UA. Both the total number of students, and the number of Hispanic students, signing-up to participate in New Start has increased by more than 30%.
- Reviewed and provided input for each of the proposals submitted during the UA transformation process.
- Council members trained to serve as Parents and Alumni Working With Students (PAWS) Volunteers. PAWS Volunteers help the UA recruit students by sharing their personal Undergraduate experiences. PAWS Volunteers can adopt a school to help create a college-going culture, assist with College Fairs, and/or sponsor and participate in admitted student/parent receptions.
Select Council Interests and Initiatives
- Help the UA become a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). HSI designation is given to colleges or universities with a 25% enrollment of Hispanic undergraduates and with 50% of undergraduates eligible for need-based aid. Excelencia in Education named the UA an “Emerging HSI in 2010.”
- Continue to volunteer in service of recruiting and retaining Hispanic students by assisting with PAWS, Chicano/Hispano Student Affairs, New Start, and Arizona Assurance.
- Sponsor a welcome back event that connects students to the local community by partnering with Chicano/Hispano Student Affairs.
Learn more about current events at the UA and access important messages from the Council.
Review a list of the current Council members.
We are committed to serving as a communications conduit between southern Arizona’s Hispanic communities and the UA President. We also value and welcome your input. Please email your questions, suggestions, or comments. Contact us.
Note: The Council accomplishments and interests/initiatives above are not an exhaustive list, but rather illustrative of the Council’s work. The University of Arizona is indebted to Council members who so generously volunteer their time and talent in support of students.