U.S. Department of Energy Minority Serving Institutions

U.S. Department of Energy Minority Serving Institutions

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Office of Minority Economic Impact

The DOE's Office of Minority Economic Impact works daily to tap into the talents of students and faculty attending our nation's Minority Serving Institutions. To accomplish the mission of the Department of Energy, we need the best and brightest individuals to work at and partner with the Department. We're proud of the work of our Minority Educational Institution partners, and we work to advance our partnerships daily.

Minority Serving Institutions are institutions of higher education that serve minority populations.  They are unique both in their missions and in their day-to-day operations.  Some of these colleges and universities are located in remote regions of the country, whereas others serve urban neighborhoods. Some minority-serving institutions are only a few decades old, whereas others, particularly the Historically Black Colleges and Universities, have been striving for more than a century to give their constituents the social and educational skills needed to overcome racial discrimination and limited economic opportunities.

Through Presidential Executive Orders and special legislation enacted over the past 20 years, minority-serving institutions have accessed Department funds and leverage other Departmental resources on behalf of their students and communities. These opportunities for minority serving institutions are a direct result of the efforts of our office and our programs.

Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) 
Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), as those on the CIESESE, are accredited, post-secondary higher educational institution with at least 25 percent total full-time enrollment of Hispanic undergraduate student pursuing terminal degrees. HSIs included four-year and two-year, public and private educational institutions. HSIs enroll 40 percent of all Hispanic-American students of higher education. There are 195 institutions of higher education defined as HSIs using the criteria defined by the White House Initiative and the Department of Education.