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Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)

Grantee Information

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)
8415 Data Point Suite 400
San Antonio, TX 78229-3298
210-692-3805 (Phone) Exit Disclaimer

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) represent more than 400 academic institutions committed to Hispanic higher education success worldwide. HACU influences Hispanic educational attainment by promoting the development of member colleges and universities; improving access to and the quality of post-secondary educational opportunities for Hispanic students; and meeting the needs of business, industry and government through the development and sharing of resources, information and expertise.

Grant Project Information

National Umbrella Cooperative Agreement Program II
Length of Project: 9/1/12-8/31/15
Annual Funding Level: $200,000
Project Director: Rene Gonzalez
210-692-3805 (Phone)


Individuals of Hispanic descent are presently among one of the largest and fastest growing ethnic populations within the US. However, this demographic continues to remain significantly underrepresented as faculty members and researchers within institutions of higher education, including Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs). Creating a pipeline to scientific research careers will aide in combating this issue by increasing the number of Hispanics actively working in health research. The Hispanic Health Research Training project strives to address the underrepresentation of Hispanics in health research by encouraging and preparing Hispanic undergraduate students to pursue academic health research careers. The project's intervention will include an intensive summer, as well as a year- round academic fellowship focused on addressing health disparities that commonly impact Hispanic communities (e.g. health consequences of smoking and the benefits of alternative culturally appropriate medicines) through research.

The target population includes Hispanic high school students who will be recruited to participate in the academic fellowship. The main strategies of the project include, creating and facilitating the fellowship program, recruiting participants and tracking student achievement. It is anticipated that the long-term outcomes for the students participating in this training program will include improved knowledge of health careers and health disparities, increased self-efficacy and student achievement, and increased connections with mentors in the health field.


Increased awareness, education and outreach to address racial/ethnic minority health and health disparities problems
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