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President Miguel Martinez-Saenz
September 22, 2022

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month

St. Francis College is proud to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15). This time period, which includes independence-day celebrations in numerous Latin American countries, provides an opportunity to recognize the many contributions the Hispanic community has made to United States history and society.

SFC has long provided a high-quality, accessible education to students, including those of Hispanic background. According to our most recent statistics (Fall 2020), 28 percent of our students identify as Hispanic, the single largest racial or ethnic group among the College’s student body.

We are coming up on the one-year anniversary of SFC being named a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) for the first time, signaling that more than 25 percent of our students identify as Hispanic and making the College eligible for certain grants earmarked to support Hispanic student success. In October 2021, SFC launched a STEM Success Collaborative (SSC), a five-year initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Education to boost the enrollment and graduation rates of Hispanic students in SFC’s science, technology and math fields.

Please join the Multicultural Student Ambassadors today, September 22, as they host a tabling event in the cafeteria as well as Los juegos locos (“Crazy Games”), featuring games, food and dance lessons — come and learn bachata with them.

Follow @sfcmulticultural and @sfc_las on Instagram for additional Hispanic Heritage Month events taking place at St. Francis College as well as student social-media engagement opportunities.

In peace and friendship,

Miguel Martinez-Saenz
St. Francis College

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