Hispanic Theological Initiative
LSTC is a sponsoring member of the Hispanic Theological Initiative Consortium (HTIC), to help mentor, support, and educate Latina/o scholars. HTI manages the Hispanic Initiative Consortium, which has four major goals:
- To identify and prepare highly trained educators and leaders who can articulate, model, and help teach values and ideas that will inform and make an impact in our Latina/o faith communities and communities in general.
- To increase the recruitment, retention, and graduation rates of Latina/o Ph.D. students across the nation by uniting and leveraging institutional resources (human, financial, and infrastructural).
- To increase the presence of Latina/o faculty – especially tenured faculty – in seminaries, schools of theology, and universities.
- To provide a forum for exchange of information, ideas, and best practices to address the needs of Latina/o faculty and students in theological and religious education.
LSTC is the only Lutheran seminary that is currently a sponsoring member of HTIC. HTIC has provided mentoring and fellowships for Latina/o Ph.D. students at LSTC since 1998.
HTI Post-Doctoral Fellows at LSTC include:
Javier R. Alanis (1998-1999, 2001-2002)
Francisco Javier Goitia-Padilla (2001-2005)
Suzanne E. Hoeferkamp-Segovia (2001-2002)
Hjamil A Martinez Vásquez (1999-2003)
Carmelo Santos-Rolón (2002-2006)
Jonathan Pimentel-Chacón (2010-present)
Crystal McCormick (2011-present)