June 17, 2021
HACU and Hispanic-Serving Institutions meet to develop a national vision on strengthening STEM graduate degree attainment for Hispanic students
The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities along with the University of California, Santa Barbara and The University of Arizona and the Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) STEM community will convene virtually for a two-day planning workshop session on “Strengthening Latinx Pathways to Graduate Degrees in STEM,” June 17-18, 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.
More than 70 participants, including presidents, deans, faculty members and other STEM staff and administrative leaders will collaborate on this session. HACU President and CEO Antonio R. Flores welcomed the participants for the meeting, which includes group sessions and grant presenters as part of the agenda.
A keynote address by Douglas M. Haynes, Ph.D., vice chancellor for equity, diversity, and inclusion at the University of California, Irvine and a STEM Industry Panel will also be among the presentations. Panelists include: Brittiney Jones, diversity & Inclusion consultant, human resources at Oracle; Stephane Lunan, tax technology partner at Deloitte Tax LLP; Lindsey Silva, Ph.D., senior manager, microbiology global QC technology at Genentech and Luke Visconti, founder and chairman of DiversityInc.
A second HSI workshop group will meet for a two-day session on June 29-30, 2021. Overall, more than 135 participants will collaborate as part of this project designed to strengthen pathways for more Hispanic students to pursue graduate education in STEM at HSIs.
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 coprincipal investigators are: Marla A. Franco, Ph.D., The University of Arizona, and Barbara Endemaño Walker, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara.
Faculty staff from the following institutions are among confirmed participants on the June 17-18 workshops.
Arizona State University