Senate Simple Resolution 372
117th Congress(2021-2022)
A resolution designating the week beginning September 13, 2021, as "National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week".
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S. RES. 372 (Agreed-to-Senate)


117th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. RES. 372


Designating the week beginning September 13, 2021, as “National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week”.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

September 21, 2021

Mr. Menendez (for himself, Mr. Cornyn, Mr. Bennet, Mr. Booker, Mr. Braun, Mr. Brown, Ms. Cantwell, Mr. Casey, Ms. Cortez Masto, Mr. Cruz, Ms. Duckworth, Mr. Durbin, Mrs. Feinstein, Mr. Hagerty, Mr. Heinrich, Mr. Kaine, Mr. Kelly, Ms. Klobuchar, Mr. Lankford, Mr. Luján, Mr. Padilla, Ms. Rosen, Mr. Rubio, Mr. Scott of Florida, Mr. Van Hollen, and Mr. Wyden) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

October 7, 2021

Committee discharged; considered and agreed to


RESOLUTION

Designating the week beginning September 13, 2021, as “National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week”.

    Whereas Hispanic-Serving Institutions are degree-granting institutions that have a full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment of at least 25 percent Hispanic students;

    Whereas Hispanic-Serving Institutions play an important role in educating many underserved students and helping those students attain their full potential by creating opportunities and increasing access to higher education;

    Whereas 569 Hispanic-Serving Institutions operate in the United States;

    Whereas Hispanic-Serving Institutions represent 17 percent of all nonprofit institutions of higher education, yet serve 27.9 percent of all students and 67 percent of all Hispanic students, enrolling 2,340,000 Hispanic students;

    Whereas the number of “emerging Hispanic-Serving Institutions”, defined as institutions that do not yet meet the threshold of 25 percent Hispanic full-time equivalent enrollment but serve a Hispanic student population of between 15 and 24.9 percent, stands at 362 institutions operating in 38 States and Puerto Rico;

    Whereas Hispanic-Serving Institutions are located in 28 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico;

    Whereas Hispanic-Serving Institutions are actively involved in empowering and improving the communities in which the institutions are located;

    Whereas 9 of the top 10 colleges and universities ranked by the Social Mobility Index are Hispanic-Serving Institutions;

    Whereas Hispanic-Serving Institutions are leading efforts to increase Hispanic participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (commonly referred to as “STEM”);

    Whereas Hispanic-Serving Institutions are engines of economic mobility and a major contributor to the economic prosperity of the United States;

    Whereas, of the institutions of higher education ranked by Opportunity Insights based on the economic mobility of the graduates of those institutions, 6 of the top 10 institutions, including the top-ranked institution, are Hispanic-Serving Institutions;

    Whereas celebrating the vast contributions of Hispanic-Serving Institutions to the United States strengthens the culture of the United States; and

    Whereas the achievements and goals of Hispanic-Serving Institutions deserve national recognition: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved,

That the Senate—

(1) recognizes the achievements and goals of Hispanic-Serving Institutions across the United States and in Puerto Rico;

(2) designates the week beginning September 13, 2021, as “National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week”; and

(3) calls on the people of the United States and interested groups to observe the week with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs to demonstrate support for Hispanic-Serving Institutions.