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Every year, NHI partners with colleges and universities which are actively seeking to enroll bright Latino/a/x students on their campuses. These institutions partner with NHI as program site hosts. Often, these colleges and universities underwrite a significant portion of the total cost of NHI programs by allowing us to use their facilities, coordinating meetings, and having staff available onsite to ensure the safety and security of our students.


Host of the Texas Great Debate - June 6 - 9, 2024

Austin College

Sherman, Texas

Austin College is a private, residential, co-educational college that focuses on the importance of fostering lively intellectual and social interactions within their students, who are known for being constantly active and involved in community programs. 

Learn more about Austin College here.

Host of the Midwest Great Debate - July 2 - 7, 2024

Augustana College

Rock Island, Illinois

Ranked in the top tier of U.S. News, Augustana College offers 90 majors and areas of study, and 25 varsity athletic teams. The beautiful campus is located along the Mississippi River in Rock Island, Illinois. Augustana is a selective, private liberal arts college, founded in 1860 by Swedish settlers. The 115-acre wooded campus is part of the Quad-Cities (population 400,000), and about 165 miles west of Chicago.

Learn more about Augustana College here.

Host of the California Sol Great Debate - July 2023

University of San Diego

San Diego, California

The University of San Diego (USD) is a private Roman Catholic research university in San Diego, California. Founded in July 1949 as the San Diego College for Women and San Diego University, the academic institutions merged from the California school system into University of San Diego in 1972. Since then, the university has grown to comprise nine undergraduate and graduate schools, to include the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and School of Law. USD has 89 undergraduate and graduate programs, and enrolls approximately 9,073 undergraduate, paralegal, graduate and law students.

Learn more about University of San Diego here.

Host of the Northeast Great Debate - July 2023

Saint Francis University

Loretto, Pennsylvania

Saint Francis University is a private, residential, university with over 50 academic programs. High in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania, Saint Francis University is the oldest Catholic-Franciscan college in the United States. Saint Francis University is dedicated to helping students grow through close mentorship and innovative learning in a vibrant community. 

Learn more about Saint Francis University here.

2023 LDZ


The University of New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico

The University of New Mexico (UNM) offers a distinctive campus environment occupying nearly 800 acres in the historic city of Albuquerque. UNM is ranked nationally as a "Top Public School" and "Best Global University" by U.S. News and World Report for its more than 215 degree and certificate programs. UNM is a one of only nine Research I Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) in the country. 

Learn more about The University of New Mexico here.

Host of the Colorado LDZ - June 2023

Colorado State University

Fort Collins, Colorado

Founded in 1870 as the Colorado Agricultural College, Colorado State University is known for being among the nation's leading research universities and attracting more than $300 million in research funding annually. Located at the base of the Rocky Mountain foothills, Fort Collins was ranked sixth "Best Place to Live" in America in 2010 by Money Magazine.

Colorado State University just celebrated 27 years of hosting the Lorenzo de Zavala program in their campus. NHI wants to thank all the faculty and staff members who have made this possible and who continue to support our efforts.

Learn more about Colorado State University here.

Host of the American LDZ - July 2023

St. Mary's College of Maryland

St. Mary's City, Maryland

As The National Public Honors College, St. Mary's College of Maryland offers an undergraduate liberal arts education and small-college experience with outstanding faculty as a state institution.  In the waterfront setting of the Chesapeake Bay region,  St. Mary's offers small class sizes, a sense of community, and a spirit of intellectual inquiry. 

Learn more about St. Mary's College of Maryland here.

Host of the Texas LDZ - July 2023

St. Mary's University

San Antonio, Texas

St. Mary's University is a private liberal arts school and the oldest Catholic university in Texas. As a nationally recognized Hispanic-Serving Institution, St. Mary's has a diverse student population and vibrant community. Rooted in the Catholic and Marianist values, St. Mary's provides a holistic education in a faith-centered, family-spirit environment.

Learn more about St. Mary's University here.

2023 CWS

Host of the Rocky Mountain CWS - June 2023

University of Denver

Denver, Colorado

Located where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains, University of Denver embodies the spirit of exploration and discovery that defines the region. The University of Denver is a private institution built on exploration through research and collaboration among educators, students, and local and global communities. With nationally recognized academic programs, a history of widespread influence, a forward-looking vision for a 21st century education and a deep commitment to promoting inclusion, University of Denver open a world of opportunity to students and empower Pioneers to make a difference around the world.

Learn more about University of Denver here.

Host of the Texas CWS - July 2023


Houston, Texas

The University of St. Thomas (UST) is committed to the religious, ethical, and intellectual traditions of Catholic higher education. In the vibrant city of Houston, the student body reflects the diversity of the city itself, welcoming students of all faiths and of no faith. UST graduates talented students into successful careers in Texas and across the globe.

Learn more about The University of St. Thomas here.

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