WASHINGTON, DC – Last night, Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) ushered legislation he sponsored in March through a unanimous passage in the House of Representatives. The Preservation Research at Institutions Serving Minorities (PRISM) Act of 2015 provides Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) and Asian American and Native American/Pacific Islander-serving Institutions (AANAPISIs) with the same access to technical and financial assistance currently available to other Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) to establish preservation training and degree programs. The legislation will ensure that HSIs and AANAPISIs are able to provide historic preservation education and training programs to their students.
“Hispanic-Serving Institutions and Asian American and Native American/Pacific Islander-serving Institutions are one step closer to the access they deserve of funds that are already available to other Minority-Serving Institutions,” Rep. Grijalva said. “The American identity is enriched by every culture that has come to our shores. It is crucial that we assure all students have the opportunity to participate in projects to preserve their heritage.”
The Preservation Research at Institutions Serving Minorities (PRISM) Act is supported by 17 community advocacy organizations, including the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU); SER – Jobs for Progress National, Inc.; Southwest Voter Registration Education Project (SVREP); American GI Forum; National Hispanic Media Coalition; Hispanic Access Foundation; Hispanic Federation; Hispanics Enjoying Camping; Hunting, and the Outdoors (HECHO); GreenLatinos; Azul; Diverse Environmental Leaders National Speakers Bureau; League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC); ASPIRA Association, Inc.; the National Council of La Raza (NCLR); the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA); and the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA).