Three Latinx UT Austin graduates wearing decorated mortarboards

UT Marks Hispanic Heritage Month with Record Enrollment, MacArthur Genius Recognition

  • Oct 13, 2021
  • Ellen Stader

The University of Texas has much to celebrate during Hispanic Heritage Month—including 11,087 of its students. Numbers announced in September revealed that the university enrolled a record percentage of Hispanic undergraduate students this year, at a proportion of 27.1 percent. This surpasses last year’s rate, which qualified the school as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and earned the prestigious Seal of Excelencia for the university.

Another cause for celebration is the recognition of UT Austin professor and historian Monica Muñoz Martinez as a 2021 MacArthur Fellow and recipient of the "genius grant." Her book, “The Injustice Never Leaves You: Anti-Mexican Violence in Texas,” documents historical racial violence perpetrated along the Texas-Mexico border by vigilantes and Texas Rangers against Mexicans and Mexican Americans. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in September announced this year’s 25 fellows, each of whom will receive $625,000 over a five-year period.

Learn more about the 2021 MacArthur Fellows and UT’s status as a Hispanic-Serving Institution.