National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week & Hispanic Heritage Month at Nexus University

Published by Jessica Suito
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In a proclamation issued on September 9, the White House declared September 12-18, 2022 National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week. The HSI Week is an opportunity to recognize the 559 HSIs across the country that perform essential work and empower Latino students.

Nexus University is honored to participate in this national event and recognize our Latino roots. From September 15 to October 15, we are also proudly celebrating the start of Hispanic Heritage Month. As a branch campus of Universidad Mayor, Nexus University feels privileged to be associated with HACU, an organization dedicated to promoting Hispanic success in higher education.

What is an HSI?

A Hispanic-serving institution is one that enrolls and graduates a large number of Hispanic students. However, Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) go beyond enrolling Hispanics. The purpose of an HSI is to create equity for, and advance the success of, its Hispanic/Latino students.

Why are HSIs important?

HSIs are important because they provide a strong sense of community for students. HSIs play a key role in higher education. Most Latino/a undergraduates in the U.S. attend an HSI.

“Today, Hispanic students make up nearly 20 percent of college undergraduates in the United States. They are our future leaders — the next generation of doctors and teachers, entrepreneurs and artists, first responders and scientists, elected officials and activists. Ensuring that these young people are prepared to take on the challenges of tomorrow is critical to the future of our Nation.”

Read the entire Proclamation on National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week, 2022

What is HACU?

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, founded in 1986, represents more than 500 colleges and universities in the United States, Latin America, Spain and school districts throughout the U.S. The mission of HACU is to Champion Hispanic Success in Higher Education. HACU is the only national association representing existing and emerging Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs).

Our History

As the U.S. Branch of Universidad Mayor in Chile, Nexus University reflects the spirit and ambition of the American dream. Our American journey has been, and continues to be driven by the pursuit of opportunity, the cultivation of an independent spirit and a commitment to aspirational achievement.

2010 – Universidad Mayor becomes the first Chilean university accredited in the U.S. by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

2017 – Nexus University opens in Miami as the first U.S. branch campus of Universidad Mayor, with regional accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

2018 – Nexus University is approved by the Commission for Independent Education to offer undergraduate and graduate degrees 100% online through anytime, anywhere collaboration.

2019 – Nexus University School of Health Science and Nursing starts its first classes on both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

2020– Nexus University nursing education program becomes a candidate for accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. Nexus University School of Business launches its Business programs.

2022– Nexus University nursing education baccalaureate and master’s nursing program becomes Initial Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Our Mission

Our mission is to form professionals through educational experiences that stimulate ethical behavior, as well as an attitude of enterprise, innovation, leadership and respect for cultural and social diversity. To do so, we provide undergraduate and graduate programs of excellence and perform activities that generate, articulate and disseminate knowledge that contributes to the national community in the cultural, educational, social and economic fields, considering the context of a global world and the norms of scientific rigor.

Our Vision

Nexus University, a branch campus of Universidad Mayor is dedicated to being recognized as a university that offers its stakeholders an experience focused in academic excellence within an institutional culture of dynamic approach to education and a student-centric philosophy that encourages engagement with culturally diverse local and global communities

Our Values

Integrity, Tolerance, and Social Responsibility are values that define our behavior and culture. These values maintain and strengthen the institution’s identity around Academic Excellence, Public Vocation, and Equal Treatment.

Disclaimer: These are the views and opinions of the author, and do not necessarily reflect Nexus University’s official policy. Sources cited were accurate at the time of publication.

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