Cornyn introduces resolution honoring UTRGV and other Hispanic-Serving Institutions to honor their ‘work, goals and achievements’

Yo soy UTRGV (Student doing the "peace and love" or "V" sign with hand)

By Jennifer L. Berghom

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – SEPT. 21, 2017 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and other Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) throughout the country received a tip of the hat this week from U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), who introduced a Senate resolution honoring HSIs.

The resolution calls for designating the week of Sept. 18-24 as “National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week” to honor “the work, goals and achievements” of more than 470 HSIs throughout the country.

UTRGV is one of 49 HSIs in Texas, according to a news release from the senator’s office.

“By providing the next generation with quality education and a diverse environment to express their ideas, Hispanic Serving Institutions not only support America’s growing Hispanic community, but our entire nation,” Cornyn said in the release. “As a Texan, where one in three individuals identify as Hispanic, I am proud to support this resolution to recognize our state’s many Hispanic Serving Institutions.”

Dr. Patricia Alvarez McHatton, interim provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs at UTRGV, said the university is grateful for the support Cornyn and the other senators who sponsored the resolution have given UTRGV and its fellow HSIs.

“We are delighted that UTRGV and other Hispanic-Serving Institutions are receiving recognition from Sen. Cornyn and other senators,” McHatton said. “UTRGV provides excellent academic, research and experiential learning opportunities for students while promoting a bilingual, bi-literate and bi-cultural environment to prepare them to become leaders in their communities and throughout the nation. This resolution is a confirmation of the work we are doing at UTRGV.”


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.

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