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Texas State University: A Hispanic Serving Institution

The U.S. Department of Education has granted Texas State University 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.

Courtesy of Office of Media Relations - "Texas State recognized as Hispanic Serving Institution"

Connecting Hispanic Students

Texas State University

Latina/o Studies

Latinx Studies

The undergraduate minor in Latina/o Studies is a multidisciplinary university-wide program. Students learn about the social, political, economic, historical and cultural processes that impact Latina/o communities in the United States. The minor emphasizes applied skills and knowledge, including research skills, for better participating in our diverse society.

Visit the Minor in Latina/o Studies Website for more detailed information regarding requirements, course information, research and career opportunities and the Library Research and Professional Resource Guide.

Dr. Gloria Martinez, Professor
Department of Sociology

Exceptional Faculty and Staff

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  • Awards and Recognitions

    • Wilson Fellow, TXST (2018)
    • Nominated for the Scholarly/Creative Presidential Award by the College of Fine Arts and Communication, TXST (2018)
    • Excellence in Diversity Award Recipient, TXST (2017)
    • Nominated for the Austin Table Digital Award, for the video collage “Las Cuatro Estaciones - A Story of Human Trees” (2017)
    • Selected Best Woman Filmmaker of June, Barcelona Planet Film Festival (2016)

    Positive impact Texas State Hispanc/Latinx Students:
    I have been co-directing Merge Dance Company since 2009, the company is formed by some of our most accomplished dancers with a demographic that represents the diversity of our school. Additionally, Merge promotes community engagement through our outreach and recruitment programs, geared towards minority groups.

    Funding or grants related to TXST HSI Status:
    I have been awarded the Equity and Access, Lecturer Series and REP grants to fulfill diverse activities related to my status as an HSI. Equity and Access as well as Lecturer Series have funded multiple artistic residencies from International guest artist, including Lux-Boreal, Rocio Luna, Cecilia Appleton from Mexico, and Susana Williams from Guatemala, among others.

    Activities related to TXST HSI Status:
    My colleague Vlasta Silhavy and I got a REP grant to conduct a one-week camp to empower young female students through the arts. "LEAP" was mostly attended by LatinX middle schoolers in June 2016.

    • Research Presentation during Hispanic Heritage Month sponsored by FCS and Latina CEO.
    • I presented my Dissertation Research “The Impact of Culture on Hispanic Entrepreneurs Mediating Motivation Challenge and Success” followed by a Panel Discussion of Hispanic Female Entrepreneurs moderated by Latina CEO.  
  • Recent Awards or Recognitions:

    • Recipient, Hispanic Policy Network 2016 Latino Star for contributions toward the advancement of the Latino Community at Texas State University and the students we service
    • Recipient, College of Science and Engineering 2015 Presidential Distinction Award for Excellence in Service.

    Positive impact TXST Hispanic/Latinx students:
    My colleagues and I have a multi-PI grant/center from the National Science Foundation called PREM (Partnership for Research and Education in Materials) that focuses on increasing participation of underrepresented minorities (including LatinX students) in materials research and science in general. Through this center we have had a number of initiatives including the formation of two student organizations (SACNAS and PREM), student mentorship by research advisors, undergraduate and graduate research opportunities during the full academic year as well as introduction to research opportunities at partner institutions and all NSF REUs, research conferences, and STEM outreach to numerous local schools/events. Through the student organizations we have been conducting workshops helping students navigate the trajectory toward success in their studies, advanced degrees, and other career options.

    Funding or grants related to TXST HSI Status:
    The NSF PREM grant is only for minority-serving institutions.

    Activities related to TXST HSI Status:
    I have been engaged in (and currently co-direct) the NSF PREM center since 2013. In 2013, I also helped to organize the HSI Research Symposium.

    Leadership roles in organizations related to your work or the advancement or Hispanics in higher education:
    Co-Director of the PREM Center

  • Is a native from the Rio Grande Valley and a former secondary school educator. He earned a Ph.D. in Education-School Improvement at Texas State University. Samuel works as an education development specialist at the LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research. He also currently serves as a board member for the Calaboose African American History Museum. His research interests include teacher and leadership development, community-based research, and historical research documenting the educational experiences of Mexican-Americans.

  • Awards and Recognitions:

    • "Distinguished Paper Award" from the Mentorship and Mentoring Practices Special Interest Group at the annual American Educational Research Association conference in New York City, April 15, 2018, for the following research article: Garza, R., Reynosa, R., Werner, P., Duchaine, E., & Harter, R. (accepted). Characterizing Mentoring Capital in a Residency Program Through Mentors’ Voices. Mentoring and Tutoring Journal: Partnership in Education.

    Mentor for Latino Students via Bobcat Bond Program

    Leadership Role

    • Secretary for the Associate and Assistant Deans and Directors of Texas
  • Awards & Recognition

    • Champion of Success, Division of Student Affairs - September 2017

    Leadership Roles

    • Advisory Board of Local Salvation Army - January 20, 2017
  • Leadership Roles

    • Eleven+ years as a full-time higher education professional I have valued developing collaborative relationships, being challenged and supported by the diverse communities.
    • Serve, and acting as a change agent by creating services, programs, and policies and procedures that impact multiple universities’ communities.
    • Provides leadership and professional service which impacts the student community and the workplace as a mid-manager in the area of Student Involvement.
    • Promotes that HPN membership continue to engage in critical reflection, dialogue, and review of current issues affecting Latinx communities in higher education, especially at Texas State. This includes delving into the research and practices impacting the intersecting identities of our communities.
  • Leadership Roles

    • Second year graduate student in the Communication Studies program and Graduate Instructional Assistant.
    • Leadership Institute Annual Conference Committee,
    • Communication Studies Graduate Association,
    • Queer Collegiate Summit Committee
    • Child Advocate for undocumented immigrant children at the Young Center.
    • Current research is focused on nonverbal communication between bilingual speakers and American rhetorical discourse in the 21st century.
    • Ramces continues to be involved in a variety of departments and offices such as the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion, the Dean of Students Office and Student Involvement.
    • Ramces has been involved with HPN since he was an undergraduate his senior year as he coordinated the Student Leadership Board to aid in the first Naturalization Ceremony on campus and continued his involvement from undergraduate to graduate school. His involvement on campus, in the San Marcos community, and ability to manage multiple projects and tasks at the same time have helped him in leading organizations and committees to reach their goals.
  • Awards and Recognitions

    Recipient of two (2) Bravo recognitions.

  • Leadership Roles

    • Assistant Director in the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion at Texas State University. In this role he serves male, LGBTQIA, veteran, persons of color, first-generation, and pre-college students.
    • He is a member of the Alliance of Texas State, Coalition of Black Faculty and Staff, and Hispanic Policy Network,
    • Serves on the Retention Council, Male Initiative Committee, Student Affairs Assessment Team, Veterans Advisory Council, and Bobcat Preview Planning Committee.
    • Co-facilitator for Professional Development Trainings including the Allies of Texas State, In Limbo: Dilemmas Faced by Undocumented Students, Transitioning from Service to School: Helping Student Veterans Succeed at Texas State.
    • Co-advisor to various student organizations including Student Community of Progressive Empowerment, Hip Hop Congress, Hombres Unidos, Black Men United, Lambda of Texas State, and Veterans Alliance of Texas.

    Awards and Recognitions

    • Allies of Texas - TXST Quarterly Team Award (2009)
    • VPSA Champion of Success (2009)
    • Mariel M. Muir Excellence in Mentoring Award (2010)
    • Outstanding Contributions to Student Affairs Award (2008 / 2011 / 2015)
    • VATS Above and Beyond Award for Outstanding Service to Student Veterans (2016)
    • Alliance at Texas State - Intersectional Inclusion Ally Award (2017)
    • HPN Latino Star (2017)
    • Excellence in Diversity - Staff Recipient (2017)
    • Student Foundation - Foundations of Excellence (2017)
    • 10 Years of Service at Texas State University (2017)
    • VPSA Student Affairs Outstanding Unclassified Staff  Employee of the Year (2017)
  • REP grant to complete research on the Mariachi Program at the Collegiate level around the state of Texas. This complements Texas State's Mariachi Program, which is the only degree granting program in Mariachi in the United States. Presently, there is no research being completed about mariachi pedagogy.

    Leadership Roles

    • Co-facilitator of the Cultural Diversity and Social Justice Areas of Strategic Planning and Action (ASPA) - National Society of Music Teacher Education.  
    • Facilitated discussions with the executive leadership of the National Association for Music Education Association on how they can become more inclusive and diverse and attract Hispanic students to music education.
    • Teach about culturally relevant pedagogy and social justice issues to my elementary music methods course and to our student teachers.
    • Work with John Lopez, our Latin Studies Music Director, on the various strategies that we are incorporating to recruit and retain Hispanic students in our music program.

Diversity Connections

Diversity Connections

Diversity Connections is a resource intended to support and contribute to your success at Texas State.  More specifically, Diversity Connections is a directory of faculty and staff members, and a connection to on-campus resources (both are found below). In other words, Diversity Connections is one of many ways to connect with Texas State ispanic / Latinx Faculty and Staff. 

Diversity Connections - Directory

The directory allows you to search and find faculty/staff based on their racial/ethnic background, Ally status ( Ally of Texas State, Trans Ally,  Veteran Friendly Ally, and Dreamer Ally), Department/Office, and Veteran Status.  The goal of this directory is to help you stay connected with Texas State faculty and staff and who can serve as mentors, advocates, and support system.  
How to use the Directory:
  • Click on link below and log-in using your Texas State User ID
  • Search based on filter options provided
  • Browse and select faculty or staff
  • Use contact information to request a meeting
  • Participation in the Directory is available to Texas State faculty and staff, based on Opt-In or Opt-Out status, and can be voluntarily changed at the discretion of the respective faculty/staff. All faculty/staff are initially set to Opt-Out. 

    In order for faculty/staff profiles to be visible to students in the Directory, faculty/staff should select Opt-In.

    Instructions for accessing and editing Profile and Preferences:

    • Click on link to access directory:
    • Enter Texas State User ID information
    • Once logged-in to directory, select “Edit My Diversity Connection Profile” (top left corner)
    • Enter information or select responses into each field:
      • Area of Expertise (1,000 character limit)
      • Were you a first-generation student?
      • You are currently set to Opt-Out to the Diversity Connection.  Would you prefer to Opt-In?
        • Select Opt-In or Opt-Out
          • Opt-out = Profile NOT visible
          • Opt-in = Visible profile
        • Read and confirm “Acknowledgement Notice”
    • Confirm changes by selecting “Submit”

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