June 29, 2021 

Norma Jean Revilla-Garcia

HACU and Hispanic-Serving Institutions meet with HSIs working 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 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.

This is the second HSI group to participate in these workshop sessions. 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.

Participants include presidents, deans, faculty members and other STEM staff and administrative leaders will collaborate on this session. The agenda includes group sessions and grant presenters.

A keynote address by Joseph I. Castro, Ph.D., chancellor, California State University and a STEM Industry Panel will also be among the presentations. Panelists include: Brittiney Jones, diversity & Inclusion consultant, human resources at Oracle; Theresa Friend, senior technical production manager, Genentech; Mariella Juhasz, senior consultant, subject matter expert in engineering evaluations, Corteva Agriscience; Sepi Hejazi Moghadam, head of research and development K12/pre-university education, Google; Marisol Verdugo, program manager corporate security architecture, Oracle and Luke Visconti, founder and chairman of DiversityInc.


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 29-30 workshops.

  • Austin Community College
  • Bloomfield College
  • Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY
  • California State University, Bakersfield
  • California State University, Monterey Bay
  • California State University, Northridge
  • California State University, Office of the Chancellor
  • California State University, Sacramento
  • Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
  • College of DuPage
  • College of the Mainland
  • Columbia Gorge Community College
  • Cuesta College
  • Dodge City Community College
  • Dominican University
  • EDP University of Puerto Rico
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Florida International University
  • Gateway Community College
  • Houston Baptist University
  • Inter American University of Puerto Rico, San Germán
  • John Jay College, CUNY
  • Marymount University
  • Mohave Community College
  • Montclair State University
  • Moorpark College
  • New Mexico Tech
  • Our Lady of the Lake University
  • Polk State College
  • Rutgers University-Newark
  • Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science
  • San Diego Mesa College
  • San Jose City College
  • St. Edward's University
  • St. Mary's University
  • Tarrant County College
  • Texas A&M International University
  • Texas A&M University- Kingsville
  • Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
  • Texas A&M University-San Antonio
  • Texas Lutheran University
  • Texas Southmost College
  • Texas State University
  • The University of Arizona
  • The University of Texas at Arlington
  • Universidad del Sagrado Corazón
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of California, Merced
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
  • University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
  • University of Houston-Clear Lake
  • University of Houston-Downtown
  • University of La Verne
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas-School of Public Health
  • University of New Mexico
  • University of New Mexico, Los Alamos
  • Warner Pacific University
  • Western Texas College

Related: HACU and Hispanic-Serving Institutions meet to develop a national vision on strengthening STEM graduate degree attainment for Hispanic students