Yvette Gullatt shares what it means to be a Hispanic-Serving System
Today, almost 40% of California residents identify as Hispanic or Latino, accounting for the largest racial or ethnic group in the state. To ensure that it meets the needs of these residents, UC has set a goal to become a Hispanic-Serving System, with each of its nine undergraduate campuses being federally recognized as Hispanic-Serving Institutions, or HSIs.
Five UC campuses — Merced, Riverside, Santa Cruz, Irvine and Santa Barbara — have already received the HSI designation, counting among the few highly-selective research universities nationally to achieve this status. The four remaining campuses are emerging HSIs, as defined by Excelencia in Education, a national nonprofit dedicated to Latinx student success in higher education, with 15-24% Latinx undergraduate enrollment.
UC Newsroom spoke with UC Vice Provost Yvette Gullatt, chief diversity officer for the University of California system, about UC’s goal to become a Hispanic-Serving System and how that has benefits for all students.