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Hispanic College Institute

What is HCI?

The Hispanic College Institute (HCI) is a four-day residential program hosted at Virginia Tech that focuses on rising high school juniors and seniors in hopes of introducing them to the college search process. We match them up with current college students that lead teams that we call FAMILIAs. The students spend those four days learning from each other as well as their leaders (LEADS and Jr LEADS) and building confidence; not only confidence about getting into Virginia Tech but self-confidence about how to be successful in life.

when is hci?

July 21, 2022 - July 24, 2022

How is HCI unique?

HCI is unique in that it changes the students’ lives.  It impacts their lives.  It allows them to create relationships that last for a lifetime.  While other programs are geared towards everyone when looking at college search programs, HCI targets and focuses on Latinx students, and so they are surrounded by people who look like them and share their culture and language.  Students also get the opportunity to meet successful Latinx professionals from all over the state.  This program allows students to get deep into their communities and focus on problems specific to their communities as well.

What is special about HCI 2022?

HCI went virtual for the past two cycles (summers) due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and though it was still a quality program, it's lost a little bit of the magic that is experienced with in-person HCI.  So, we are very excited to be finally able to host an in-person HCI for the first time since 2019.  It really has a whole other feel and dimension to have this program in-person, especially at a college campus.

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