Texas Tech University

Hispanic Serving Institution Week

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In 2019, Texas Tech achieved full status as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). While HSI status is determined based on an undergraduate student body that is above 25% Hispanic, Texas Tech offers a comprehensive series of programs, services, initiatives, and organizations to underrepresented students, students of color, and first-generation students, many of whom are Hispanic.

One such initiative is Hispanic Serving Institution Week that will be hosted by Texas Tech this fall. This week, September 12th – September 18th, will include events and discussions to foster and promote inclusive conversations about the Hispanic culture and the benefits of being a Hispanic Serving Institution.

2022 Events

Monday, September 12

HSI Week Kickoff Mercadito

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Area north of the main Library

Hosted by Office of Institutional Diversity

The “Mercadito” (little market) will feature complimentary food, drinks, and music from 11:30 – 1:30 as the opening event of HSI Week.  Representatives of various TTU departments and services will have tables at the event to promote their resources and services to attendees.

In case of inclement weather, the event will be relocated to the SUB Ballroom.


HSI T-shirt Give Away for Law Students

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Office for Student Life Suite 103

Hosted by School of Law

Stop by the Office for Student Life for free HSI T-Shirts for law students. 


Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month Exhibit

Sept. 12 - Oct. 17

University Libraries, Croslin

Hosted by University Libraries

Exhibit will showcase items from TTU Hispanic faculty, staff & student organizations. 


HSI Social Media Campaign

Sept. 12 - Sept. 18

Hosted by Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering and TTU Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)


Tuesday, September 13

Pan Dulce y Café

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Law School Forum 

Hosted by School of Law

Stop by the forum from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. for pan dulce y café!


A Night of Latin Jazz

7:30 PM 

Hemmle Recital Hall at the School of Music 2624 18th Street

Hosted by J.T. and Margaret Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts 

The concert celebrates the multiculturalism of Latin American music in association with jazz. This combination highlights a diverse realm of expressions: from the 1940s Cubop craze mastered by Chano Pozo and Dizzy Gillespie to the bossa nova of the 1950s and 1960s, showcased, for example, by João Gilberto and Stan Getz, the broad Latin jazz denomination establishes cross-cultural fertilization between musical cultures in the Americas. The diversity of genres and cultural identities is significant as it enriches the perception of the audiences regarding distinct jazz expressions contained in the music of Cuba, Brazil, countries of Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Mexico, enriching our community. 


Wednesday, September 14

Defining Servingness in Practice at Hispanic Serving Institutions with Dr. Gina Ann Garcia

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Frazier Alumni Pavilion & Zoom


Hosted by Office of the President, Office of the Provost, Office of Institutional Diversity, and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Join us for a discussion with Dr. Gina Garcia, associate professor in the department of Educational Foundations, Organizations, and Policy at the University of Pittsburgh, who will speak about “Defining Servingness in Practice at Hispanic Serving Institutions.” 

Dr. Garcia is also the author of Becoming Hispanic-Serving Institutions: Opportunities for Colleges & Universities (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019) for which she won the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education Book of the Year Award in 2020 and the editor of the book Hispanic-Serving Institutions in Practice: Defining “Servingness” at HSIs (Information Age Publishing, 2020).

The keynote address will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. 

This event is open to the TTU and TTUHSC communities.

For a complimentary breakfast, please RSVP.

If additional accommodations are needed, please contact diversity@ttu.edu.



Midday Pláticas: History & Cultural Heritage Awareness w/Dr. Levario & Dr. Sanchez 

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Hybrid - University Library, Croslin & Virtual Option

Hosted by University Libraries

Dr. Miguel Levario & Dr. Aaron Sanchez, history, will discuss importance of Hispanic/Latinx/Chicana/o/x history, culture, heritage, and influence. 


Panel Discussion on the History & Benefits of Being an HSI

12:00 PM

Law School Lanier Auditorium 

Hosted by School of Law

Panel discussion at 12 p.m. in the Lanier Auditorium on the history and benefits of being an HSI. Lunch will be provided. 


Thursday, September 15

Lunch & Mariachis 

12:00 PM

Law School Forum

Hosted by School of Law

Stop by the forum for lunch and live Mariachi music at 12 p.m.!




Chapter Alpha Phi of Sigma Delta Pi will host a forum for the celebration of Lubbock Spanish Day on Thursday, September 15. A panel of highly qualified professionals will explore how their knowledge of the Spanish language has led them to become professionals in their respective careers. The three speakers specialize in a variety of areas, including school administration, law, and politics. The goal of this panel is to draw attention to the huge impacts of the knowledge of Spanish on professional careers and give the audience a chance to hear the experiences of ambitious, high-achieving speakers. How has being bilingual or multilingual affected their ability to network with like-minded individuals? How has their knowledge of the Spanish language contributed to their success? Questions like these will guide panelists in sharing the relevance of the Spanish language in professional arenas. Panelists may explore what being a professional means to them and how they connect the Spanish language to their daily life.  There will be a discussion after the presentations during which the audience will be able to ask questions and comment on the topic.

Zoom information:


Meeting ID: 913 5792 2279

Passcode: 620035


El Grito Celebration

7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Urbanovsky Park

Hosted by Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Celebrate and honor the start of Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month with performances, food, flag presentation from 19 other Latin American countries and dancing! 



Mariachi Los Matadores de TTU & TTU Tango Orchestra

7:30 PM

Hemmle Recital Hall at the 

School of Music

2624 18th Street

Hosted by J.T. and Margaret Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts

Mariachi Los Matadores de TTU 

Director, Dr. Lauryn Salazar

TA, Yaira Carreón

Mariachi Los Matadores focuses on the rich and diverse musics of the mariachi tradition. From humble beginnings in Mexico, mariachi music is now a celebrated musical art form performed and loved worldwide. Comprising students from Texas Tech, Lubbock Christian University, and South Plains College, this ensemble serves as a pipeline and pathway to higher education for students in Lubbock and beyond. 


TTU Tango Orchestra

Director, Charles Olivier

Exploring the rich history and performance practices of Argentine Tango music, the Texas Tech Tango Orchestra is the longest-running collegiate tango orchestra in the United States. Over the course of its history, many of its alumni and current members have performed with some of the most prestigious professional tango orchestras in the United States.   


Friday, September 16

Raspas y Aguas Frescas

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Law School Forum

Hosted by School of Law

Enjoy Raspas y Aguas Frescas (snow cones and fresh Mexican juices)!


Thursday, September 29

Meet the Program Officers - Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) Programs

12:30 AM - 1:30 PM


Hosted by Office of Research Development & Communications (ORDC) 

Please join us for "Meet the Program Officers – Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) Programs" with Richard Gaona from the Department of Education.

Through this series you will learn about specific Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) programs and best practices while engaging with Program Officers from several funding agencies. Each webinar will provide a Q&A opportunity discussing questions submitted via the following RSVP link https://bit.ly/RichardGaona.

The first discussion will be held on Thursday, September 29th from 12:30 - 1:30 via Zoom. 

For future discussions regarding this series, please visit the Office of Research Development & Communications (ORDC) events page at www.depts.ttu.edu/research/ordc/events-workshops/. 



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