HAMPTON (WVEC) -- Hampton University hopes to increase its Hispanic student population. The school's university college is launching its Hispanic Latino Initiative. Right now only 1.2 percent of its students are of that background.

Dean Almarie Munley says there's about 250,000 Hispanics in Hampton Roads, and that number is growing. She says the program is built on several phases. "We are working with those who are advancing Hispanic issues not only here locally, but nationally," said Munley.

The school plans on offering scholarships and bilingual classes in areas like business and entrepreneurship to help grow their Hampton familia.

"We've got a variety of people who may only speak Spanish, or a combination of both," said Munley.

Quentin Jackson helped design the program. "I think it's going to be a great opportunity for everybody, again, to be exposed to other cultures," he said.

"A minority institution serving another minority is a win-win situation," added Munley. She says enrollment begins in June and they hope classes will start sometime in July or August.

For more information on the program you can call 757-727-5773 or visit www.Hamptonu.edu