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May 4, 2021

Norma Jean Revilla-Garcia

HACU collaborating with HSIs to develop a shared national vision on graduate degree attainment for Hispanic students

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities is partnering with the University of California, Santa Barbara and The University of Arizona on a grant project designed to strengthen pathways for more Hispanic students to pursue graduate education in STEM at Hispanic-Serving Institutions.

The collaborative grant project includes a national effort with HSIs to develop a framework to strengthen and expand the STEM talent pipeline at HSIs. This initiative will include participation from the various sectors, from community colleges to research intensive universities and STEM-related industry, to effectively increase Hispanic graduate degrees in STEM fields to meet the national needs. Faculty members from the graduate division and faculty administrative leaders who actively promote graduate STEM education at their campus are among those invited to participate in the project. The participants will meet virtually for a two-day session on June 17-18, 2021, or June 29-30, 2021.

The goal of the project is to lay the groundwork for a network of regional alliances anchored by research-intensive HSIs across the country.

The project is funded by a National Science Foundation INCLUDES Planning Grant. The principal investigator of the grant is John Moder, Ph.D., senior consultant for STEM programming at HACU. The co-principal investigators are: Marla A. Franco, Ph.D., The University of Arizona, and Barbara Endemaño Walker, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara.