August 27, 2021


HACU hosts HSIs Week webinars to highlight federal funding opportunities available, Sept. 13-14, 17

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) is hosting a webinar series for National Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) week, observed Sept. 13-19, 2021. The observance also takes place during National Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated Sept. 15-Oct. 15.

Federal government partners will be presenting webinars about funding opportunities available to HSIs, such as grants, research programs, and student internships. College and university presidents, chancellors, deans, provosts, grant administrators, and professors are invited to participate in these webinars that will outline the grant funding cycle, program and employment details.

Webinar Schedule At-A-Glance

Monday, Sept. 13

Funding Opportunities for HSIs at National Science Foundation
12-12:45 p.m. CDT
The webinar, presented by Erika Tatiana Camacho, Ph.D., and Sonja Montas-Hunter, Ph.D., program directors for the National Science Foundation, will focus on the NSF Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI Program), Organizational Change for Gender Equity in STEM Academic Professions (Advance), and Racial Equity in STEM Education. Register here.

U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Apprenticeship Partnerships with MSIs
1-2 p.m. CDT
The webinar, presented by Angela McDaniel, apprenticeship diversity & inclusion lead for the U.S. Department of Labor, will focus on the Department’s Office of Apprenticeship programand the benefits of apprenticeship for current Minority Servicing Institutions’ students, recent MSI alumni and the role of MSIs in this initiative. Register here.

U.S. Office of Personnel Management Presidential Management Fellows Program
3-4 p.m. CDT
The webinar, presented by Julie Wong, PMF, Office of Apprenticeship; Brandon Jacobson, communications, outreach lead, PMF Program Office; Rueben D. Perez, Center Leadership Development at OPM, PMF Ambassador; Christopher Allen Valdes, U.S. Department of State, PMF Ambassador; Tracie Sanchez, U.S Government Accountability Office, PMF Ambassador, will focus on the Program’s goal to recruit and train public servants by providing a path to work for the federal government. Register here.

Tuesday, Sept. 14

FBI Collegiate Hiring Initiative and Honors Internship Program
11 a.m.-12 p.m. CDT
The webinar, presented by Sheri Armstrong-Hardy, management and program analyst for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, will focus on opportunities available for college students through the Bureau’s Honors Internship Program and the FBI's Collegiate Hiring Initiative. Register here.

NTIA Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program
3-4 p.m. CDT
The webinar, presented by Scott D. Woods, senior broadband program specialist and Francine E. Alkisswani, Ph.D., telecommunications policy analyst for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration will provide an overview of the Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program. Register here.

Friday, Sept. 17

U.S. Department of Energy overview of grants available for entrepreneurs and small businesses.
1-2 p.m. CDT
The webinar, presented by Eileen Chant, outreach manager for the Office of SBIR/STTR for the Department of Energy will provide an overview of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Grant Programs (SBIR/STTR). Register here. 

For any questions about the webinars, please contact Salvador Arrona, Senior Executive Director of Government Relations, at salvador.arrona@hacu.netThe presentations will be off-the-record, therefore, will not be recorded.

HSIs are encouraged to observe the week with campus activities to heighten awareness of the important role HSIs play in improving access to education and advancing equity for traditionally underserved students.

To learn more about National HSIs week, please click here.