The National Hispanic Institute (NHI) has granted its College of the Year Award to the University of Rochester in recognition of the “first class attention” that UR has paid to Hispanic students who visit campus and the welcoming environment that UR has provided to students participating in NHI programs.

The NHI is an international organization based in Texas that provides young Latino students with opportunities for community service, leadership growth and personal skill development.

UR, along with 16 other colleges and universities nationwide, participates in NHI’s College Register program, which seeks to enhance and expand the Latino college campus community through a variety of programs.

In 2006, UR also started an annual tradition of bringing approximately 150 high school students, primarily from Texas and California, to participate in the Lorenzo de Zavala Youth Legislative Session (LDZ), which simulates a government setup with mock elections, legislative sessions and negotiations to foster collaborative skills. UR also launched a scholarship for students who have completed this summer program and are accepted into one of UR’s undergraduate programs in 2006.

“We know that by supporting high school students through programs such as LDZ, they can achieve college-readiness,” said Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Jonathan Burdick, who accepted the award on behalf of UR during a celebration in San Antonio, Texas. “We are proud of our partnership with NHI and our ability to work with them to provide scholarships and counseling support to the students enrolled in their programs.”

Buletti is a member of the class of 2013.

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