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Emerging Hispanic-Serving Institution and the Rhetorical Challenges of ‘Servingness’

The Race and Ethnic Studies Institute (RESI) invites you to attend our upcoming virtual Colloquium on October 5, at 1PM CST. Dr. Darrel Wanzer-Serrano, Associate Professor and Associate Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Department of Communication, and Core Faculty in the Latino/a and Mexican American Studies (LMAS) Program at Texas A&M University, will be giving a presentation titled Emerging Hispanic-Serving Institution and the Rhetorical Challenges of ‘Servingness’. 

What does it mean to reach Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) status? What does it mean to become a Hispanic-Serving Institution? How do we conceptualize, operationalize, and strive for meaningful practices and structures of “servingness” for Latina/o/x students, faculty, and staff as we move toward HSI at Texas A&M University? In this presentation from an evolving and nascent research project, Dr. Wanzer-Serrano aims to accomplish three main goals. First, he will introduce some of the key concepts, benchmarks, and questions about emerging as an HSI. Second, he will examine the role organizational change plays in cultivating a conceptualization of servingness that goes beyond the student outcome metrics that are singularly privileged at PWIs (predominantly white institutions). Finally, he will interrogate the organizational culture and discourse about HSI status that circulates at Texas A&M University.

This event will be hosted virtually on Tuesday, October 5 at 1 PM CST. Register for the event online at: