WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV), a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), released the following statement applauding news that the U.S. Department of Education (ED) has provided two grants totaling $1,142,529 that will be used to help expand programs and student support at two of Nevada’s Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs): the College of Southern Nevada (CSN) and Nevada State College:

“Here in Nevada, Hispanic-Serving Institutions play a critical role in ensuring that Nevada’s Hispanic communities have access to the quality education they deserve,” said Senator Rosen. “I am glad to see the Department of Education has awarded this funding to support development and growth at the College of Southern Nevada and Nevada State College, two of our premier HSIs. I will continue working in Congress to ensure that our state’s schools have the federal resources they need to support students from all backgrounds.” 

BACKGROUND: Last year, Senator Rosen co-sponsored a bipartisan resolution recognizing the work, goals, and achievements of 523 non-profit Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) throughout our nation, including many in Nevada. The resolution designated the week of September 16th through 22nd as National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week.

Earlier this year, Rosen sent a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee supporting robust funding for the Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program and other MSI programs in Fiscal Year 2021.

HSIs are defined as degree-granting institutions where total Hispanic enrollment constitutes of no less than 25% of the total enrollment. 

Nevada is home to four Hispanic-Serving Institutions, including: the College of Southern Nevada, Nevada State College, Truckee Meadows Community College, the University of Nevada Las Vegas; and two emerging HSIs: the University of Nevada Reno and Western Nevada College.

The Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (DHSI) Program provides grants to assist HSIs to expand educational opportunities for, and improve the attainment of, Hispanic students. The HSI Program grants also enable HSIs to expand and enhance their academic offerings, program quality, and institutional stability.

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