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University of Iowa News Release

March 8, 2005

UI Membership In HACU Gives Students Access To Awards

The University of Iowa has joined the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) as an "associate member," opening the door to internships, networking opportunities and thousands of dollars in scholarships for UI students.

HACU is a leading national and international advocate for Hispanics in higher education. Its mission, in partnership with more than 400 member colleges and universities in the United States, Puerto Rico, Latin America and Spain, is to improve the quality of and increase access to higher education opportunities for Hispanics, the nation's largest and fastest growing minority population.

"Joining HACU is an important step toward making this campus a more welcoming place for Hispanic students," said Marcella David, UI interim associate provost for diversity and director of Opportunity at Iowa, the office that serves as the main contact on the UI campus for information about HACU and its programs. "Not only does it help us advance our overall diversity efforts, it also opens up a wealth of resources for the university community."

UI students may now apply for more than $270,000 in scholarships available to students at HACU member institutions for the 2005-06 academic year. The UI's status as an HACU member also allows students to participate in the largest Hispanic college internship program in the country. For more information, or to apply for scholarships, visit the HACU scholarship web site, https://scholarships.hacu.net/. For information about the internship program, visit http://www.hnip.net/.

Top students may apply to attend the Association's annual conference, where undergraduate, graduate and professional students from throughout the Americas have an opportunity to network and learn from one another. This year's conference will be held Oct. 15-18 in Phoenix, Ariz.

UI faculty and staff also can reap the benefits of HACU membership through professional development opportunities, discount registration rates for the annual conference, access to the HACU membership directory and newsletter, discounts on advertising in HACU publications and member advisories and action alerts.

"This is a great opportunity for us to build connections with students, faculty, and staff at other institutions," said Adele Lozano, Opportunity at Iowa multicultural coordinator. 

Michael Hogan, UI executive vice president and provost, said becoming an HACU associate member demonstrates the UI's commitment to diversity.

"The university has a responsibility to build diversity into everything we do," Hogan said. "A diverse learning environment is critical if we hope to do our job right. Membership in an organization like HACU is one way we're showing that we welcome that responsibility, and are committed to making it happen."

The UI is the only HACU associate member institution in the state. Associate members are non-profit, accredited colleges, universities or systems where total Hispanic enrollment constitutes at least 10 percent of the total enrollment, or a minimum of 1,000 Hispanic students enrolled.

To find out more about HACU, contact Opportunity at Iowa, 319-335-3555, opportunity@uiowa.edu or visit the Association's web site, http://www.hacu.net

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011, mary-kenyon@uiowa.edu; Program: Opportunity at Iowa, 319-335-3555, opportunity@uiowa.edu