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Championing Hispanic Serving Designation

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) is proud to be a federally-designated Hispanic Serving Institution. it underscores the vision of our institution to transform health care through innovation and collaboration. Guided by our values-based culture, we continue to take thoughtful, innovative, and inclusive steps forward positioning Hispanic students, staff, and faculty for growth, and leadership that will impact health care providers that serve a more diverse population across Texas.


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Smiley Garcia

Garcia shares inspiring history and promising capabilities HSI designation

The university’s HSI status is something Garcia knows all about—it was one of the federal projects he worked on, and remains a presidential priority. For Garcia, TTUHSC’s HSI designation means witnessing current and future students receive access and support that Garcia himself did not have when he was crafting his own professional identity.

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TTUHSC students, staff, and alumni earnestly work in advancing, supporting, and celebrating the university’s Hispanic students and community. Highlighted below are three student trailblazers taking charge of their own journey and setting an example.

Elisa Biondo

Elisa Biondo, MD/PhD candidate in the School of Medicine. Elisa is president of PERIOD., a student organization whose mission is to promote menstrual equity through service, education, and advocacy in the West Texas community. Elisa is proud of her Italian and Mexican heritage and looks forward to providing care for her future patients in both English and Spanish.

Marcus Gonzales

Marcus González, a first-generation student, comes from a family of migrant workers. He has earned a BS in Community, Family, & Addiction Sciences and an MBA with a Concentration in Health Organization Management. As SGA President he has worked on over 30 articlies of legislation promoting diversity. 


Madison Muniz

Second year graduate student, first-generation graduate, attending the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Masters of Athletic Training Program. Through this program Madison plans to return to her roots in San Antonio and provide health services in her community and mentor other young hispanics to pursue their education.

PA students in white coats from 2021 ceremony

TTUHSC Receives Health Resources and Services Administration Grants for Permian Basin

Campus to Develop Rural Physician Assistant Workforce Program, Hispanic Center of Excellence

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that provides resources to hospitals and health science centers to improve systems of care in rural communities, recently awarded grants to the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) School of Health Professions and School of Medicine on the Permian Basin campus.

The awards include a competitive HRSA Workforce Physician Assistant (PA) grant that will provide $287,486 annually for four years ($1,437,430 total) and a HRSA Hispanic Center of Excellence (HCOE) grant that will provide $685,999 annually for five years ($3,429,995 total). MORE


Latino Medical Student Association

The Latino Medical Student Association unites and empowers medical students through service, mentorship, and education to advocate for the health of the Latino community. Felix Morales, MD, faculty mentors the association.

Medical Spanish Club

The purpose and aim is to give TTUHSC students the opportunity to improve the Spanish language skills with a focus on health care related vocabulary. Being bilingual aids in servicing a large portion of the underserved West Texas area.


You are not lucky to be here. The world needs your perspective. They are lucky to have you.


Antonio Tijerino President & CEO, Hispanic Heritage Foundation