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OLLU celebrates HSI Week, Hispanic Heritage Month

Sep 12, 2022

Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) celebrates the start of Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week and National Hispanic Heritage Month with a salute to the late Antonio Rigual, PhD, a former university Vice President and Spanish professor who impacted countless lives; and Retired Col. Gil Coronado, a 1975 graudate of OLLU. 
On May 23, 1986, Dr. Rigual organized the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) and held the first meeting in Providence Hall’s Blue Room. From that meeting, the term “Hispanic-Serving Institution” (HSI) emerged.  
As the nation’s first HSI, OLLU helped HACU secure federal funding for colleges with a Hispanic enrollment of 25 percent or larger. Today, Congress awards more than $300 million to 559 HSIs across the U.S., Latin America and Spain. 
Retired Air Force Col. Gil Coronado (BA 1975) is the father of Hispanic Heritage Month. On May 23, 1986, he persuaded Congress to extend National Hispanic Heritage Week to a full month – to celebrate the contributions of all Hispanics.