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ASU is hispanic serving university

ASU named Hispanic-Serving Institution

The next chapter of the ASU story begins

Arizona State University is proud to be named a Hispanic-Serving Institution. ASU is home to many Latinx and Hispanic stories — those of our students, our faculty and staff, our leadership, and our community. Many are first generation or immigrants with a range of experiences from urban to rural, stemming from bilingual to multilingual and monolingual households. They represent stories of resilience, persistence, grit, sacrifice, dedication and pride. The ASU Charter was built upon these stories and our promise to always measure ourselves by who we include and how they succeed.


As part of our path to becoming an HSI, ASU was named one of the nine inaugural recipients of the Seal of Excelencia in 2019. This recognition from Excelencia in Education commends ASU's commitment to accelerating Latino student success by showing intentionality and impact in serving Latino students. ASU is proud of these distinctions, and will continue to create an environment that is conducive to Hispanic and Latinx students’ success at the university and beyond.

Understanding the language we use

Hispanic is a federally designated umbrella term to categorize and track numbers in a census fashion. ASU sees data as key to the intentional design work of expanding access and inclusion.  

A community and its members use other terms to reflect their chosen language to express identity. Some of these terms include: Latino, Latinx, Afro-Latino, Mexican American, Central American, South American, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Boriqua, and Chicano. Because language is a creative form of communication, it reflects the evolving ways people and communities think about themselves, especially within ever-expansive contexts. 

For example, the “x” in Latinx intends to signal intersectional identities and gender inclusivity (equivalent to the use of “their”). Whatever the term or identity, and ASU embraces them all, we recognize and celebrate the vibrant diversity within our university.