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Texas State University Title IX Coordinator


Dr. Gilda Garcia, Chief Diversity Officer and
Director of Equity and Access

J.C. Kellam, Room 840



Phone: 512.245.2539

Fax: 512.245.7616


Office of Equity and Access

Texas State University values a diversity of people and ideas, a spirit of inclusiveness, a global perspective, and a sense of community as essential conditions for campus life. We are proud to reflect the various backgrounds found in our great state of Texas. The office of Equity and Access is committed to enriching Texas State’s learning and working environments by attracting and supporting a more diverse faculty, staff, and student body; one in which each person is valued equally and celebrated for their contributions.

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"The most universal quality is diversity.” -Michel de Montaigne

Equity \e-kwə-tē\–noun
1 justice according to natural law or right ; specifically : freedom from bias or favoritism

Access \ak-ses\–noun
2 a: permission, liberty, or ability to enter, approach, or pass to and from a place or to approach or communicate with a person or thing b: freedom or ability to obtain or make use of something c: a way or means of access

Diversity \də-vər-sə-tē, dī-\–noun
1: the condition of being diverse : variety ; especially : the inclusion of diverse people (as people of different races or cultures) in a group or organization <programs intended to promote diversity in schools>


Dr. Stella Silva receiving the 2014 Excellence in Diversity Award for Staff from President Trauth
Dr. Stella Silva receives award

Dr. Stella Silva

Dr. Octavio Pimentel receiving award
Dr. Octavio Pimentel
Dr. Octavio Pimentel receiving the 2014 Excellence in Diversity Award for faculty from President Trauth
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Texas State recognized as Hispanic Serving Institution

Posted by University News Service

March 24, 2011

 The U.S. Department of Education has granted Texas State University-San Marcos official recognition as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI).

To receive the HSI designation, an institution must have an enrollment of undergraduate full-time-equivalent students that is at least 25 percent Hispanic. Texas State surpassed the 25 percent Hispanic undergraduate enrollment level in September 2010.

“We are proud that our enrollment reflects the true changing face of Texas. We have achieved this important outcome because of the efforts of many individuals across the university, and I sincerely appreciate those efforts,” said Texas State President Denise Trauth.

Achieving HSI status will mean the establishment of new goals, said Trauth.

“It has been our goal for several years to become an HSI. Now it is time we direct our efforts toward becoming the best HSI in the state,” said Trauth. “It is not enough to recruit talented students from all ethnicities – we must also continue to retain those students and see that they graduate. We will continue to deliver exceptional educational opportunities for all of our students.”

In 2010, Texas State was one of four institutions nationally cited for academic policies and programs that better serve Latino students. Texas State is the fourth – and the largest – HSI in Texas. 

The Department of Education HSI program provides grants that allow schools to expand educational opportunities for Hispanic students. HSI grants also allow schools to expand and enhance their academic offerings, program quality and institutional stability. Texas State is now eligible to apply for grants under the HSI program. In 2010, the Department of Education awarded grants totaling more than $60 million to HSIs.

Funds may be used for scientific or laboratory equipment for teaching, construction or renovation of instructional facilities, faculty development, purchase of educational materials, academic tutoring or counseling programs, distance learning programs, teacher education, student support services and other activities and purposes.