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17 Reasons Why HTI Is So Thankful and Proud of 2017
It is the end of an extremely challenging year, but in the midst of challenges we also had many blessings.  Since HTI accomplishes nothing alone but En Conjunto, we want to share with you the 17 reasons why your HTI is so thankful and proud of 2017:

1. The tenth anniversary of the Hispanic Theological Initiative consortium! During these ten years your HTI has mentored 82 PhD students, and 24 PhD students from HTI member schools have graduated! 

2. HTI consortium newest member, Wheaton College, bringing the number of member schools to 24! HTI is an open consortium and it is always welcoming new members.

3. The formation of the HTI En Conjunto Association that believes in being inclusive and collaborative in its membership to advance HTI’s mission. The HTI En Conjunto Association membership is open to HTI graduates and professors within the HTI member institutions, non-member schools, and affiliated organizations.  We welcome you, join today

4. Your new HTI website, which is both aesthetically pleasing and easy to navigate, with access to job postings, HTI authored books, Journeys newsletter, Perspectivas journal, theological and religious education opportunities, and more! Additionally, for students who are interested in becoming HTI Scholars, it offers quick access to its 24 member schools.

5. A $49,280 planning grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. to provide synergies to nurture, improve and advance Hispanic Religious and Theological Leaders through three different pilot programs: 
  • Internships at partnering organizations
  • Mentoring program for recent HTI graduates
  • Gathering of various denominations to explore the possibility of new partnerships
 6. A Henry Luce Foundation Grant in the amount of $475,000 for a new dream, HTI in the Public Square.  Look out for more news as your HTI looks to develop En Conjunto Lectures, HTI Talks, an HTI app, blogs, and more.

7. The highest enrollment in the history of the consortium. (Student enrollment was increased to 44 students in 2017.  Ten years ago, when HTI consortium began, it had 3 students enrolled.)

8. The opportunity to award $25,000 to each one of the ten students that form the first cohort of HTI/Lilly Dissertation fellows.

9. The eight HTI Scholars that passed their comprehensive exams, and that today are one step closer to their degree.
  • Yara González-Justiniano, Boston University
  • Michael Grigoni, Duke Divinity School
  • Lydia Hernandez-Marcial, Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago
  • Christina Llanes, University of Chicago Divinity School
  • Erica Ramirez, Drew University
  • Stephanie Mota Thurston, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • Lis Valle, Vanderbilt University Divinity School
  • Grace Vargas, Southern Methodist University
10. Six PhD students who graduated this year, bringing the total number of HTI graduates to 113! Your HTI continues increasing the recruitment, retention, and graduation rates of Latina/o PhD students across the nation by uniting and leveraging institutional resources (human, financial, and infrastructural).
  • Dr. Antonio Alonso – Emory University. Visiting Assistant Professor in the Practice of Theology and Culture, and Director of Catholic Studies at Emory University
  • Dr. Rubén Arjona – Princeton Theological Seminary. Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology and Care at Iliff School of Theology
  • Dr. João Chaves – Baylor University. Lecturer at the Baptist University of the Américas.
  • Dr. Abner Hernández – Andrews University. Associate Professor of Historical Theology and Church History at Montemorelos University, Nuevo León, Mexico
  • Dr. Carla Roland – University of Exeter/Hartford Seminary. Rector at the Church of St. Matthew & St. Timothy in New York, NY
  • Dr. Horacio Vela – University of Notre Dame. Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of the Incarnate Word.
11. The HTI scholars that secured tenure track positions (more than 29% of HTI graduates are in tenure track positions, and 42% are tenured!)
  • Dr. Rubén Arjona, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology and Care at Iliff School of Theology
  • Dr. Matilde Moros, Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Erica Ramírez (ABD), Richard B. Parker Assistant Professor of Wesleyan Thought at Portland Seminary
  • Dr. Horacio Vela,  Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of the Incarnate Word. 
12. One of your HTI Scholars who was appointed as dean, and two who became tenured, helping to fulfill one of your HTI’s goals, “to increase the presence of Latina/o faculty – especially, tenured faculty in seminaries, schools of theology, and universities.”
  • Dr. Loida I. Martell, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean at Lexington Theological Seminary
  • Dr. Elias Ortega-Aponte, Associate Professor of Afro-Latino/a Religions and Cultural Studies at Drew Theological School
  • Dr. Leopoldo Sánchez, Professor of Systematic Theology at Concordia Seminary
13. The seven books written by talented HTI Scholars (Make sure to include them in your reading list and curriculum):  
 14. The 2017 HTI Book Prize winner entry, Cain, Abel, and the Politics of God: An Agambenian reading of Genesis 4:1-16, its author, Dr. Julian Gonzalez Holguin, and Routledge, the publishing house that made it possible!  Stay in touch through Journey’s and HTI’s Facebook for the Book Prize Lecture in June.

15. Your Journeys, HTI’s online quarterly newsletter, which keeps you up to date on the many achievements of your HTI familia, the contributions HTI graduates and current HTI scholars are making in the academy, the church, and the world, new publications, upcoming events, and employment opportunities. In 2017, HTI published three issues, and achieved a readership of 25% (industry average is 16%). (Send us your stories via the HTI website, next issue coming in February.)

16. Perspectivas, your HTI’s online bilingual journal, and its second issue, published in April. The new online format allows readers from all over the world to access the journal anywhere and at any time! 

17. And the best for last, YOU!   All of HTI’s funders, member schools, supporters, editors, mentors, scholars, etc., the fiber that makes HTI the En Conjunto Family what it is today.   You are a true blessing to the future of theological and religious education, and especially to the many communities around the globe impacted by your HTI scholars. 
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