HSI In The News

"... In addition to the resource center, Lopez was a member of UCSC’s GANAS Career Internship program, one of UCSC’s initiatives as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). GANAS supports students in finding internships and paid opportunities and helped Lopez secure her first internship with the Santa Cruz County Health Department..."
May 29, 2024
Fashion, community, and academics: First-gen student Izzy Zazueta’s path to graduation

"...Through internships with El Centro—UCSC’s Chicanx/Latinx Resource Center—campus research opportunities, faculty mentorships, and programs through the Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) initiative and the Equal Opportunity Program (EOP), Zazueta found their community and learned to actively contribute to it..."


May 29, 2024
"...Mosqueira credits much of his academic success and access to opportunities to his involvement in UCSC organizations like Science Education and Mentorship in Latinx Lives in Academia (SEMILLA) that support STEM-passionate students who may also be BIPOC, first-generation, or from historically marginalized communities..."


November 20, 2023
Central Coast K-16 Education Collaborative receives $18.1 million grant to revolutionize student pathways and bridge equity gaps

"The Central Coast K-16 Regional Collaborative has been awarded an $18.1 million, three-year grant through California’s Community Economic Resilience Fund (CERF) to establish new or expand existing pathways for career opportunities and to address long-standing equity gaps for students across the region..."

November 14, 2023

HSI Leadership team welcomes campus to fall quarter; encourages participation in upcoming signature events

"On the heels of celebrating National HSI Week last week and kicking off Latinx Heritage month on Friday, September 15, members of the HSI Leadership team wish to extend all Banana Slugs a warm, fall welcome. The message highlights key resources for students and invites the campus community to participate in upcoming fall quarter events. Watch the video to learn more and meet members of the HSI Leadership team."


September 24, 2023

"As we prepare to welcome our students, staff, and faculty to the start of the 2023 fall quarter, we are excited to first celebrate National Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Awareness week next week: September 11 - 17.

HSI Week is an opportunity to celebrate and build awareness of the work and the important role HSIs play in improving access to education and advancing equity practices for underserved students. Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) are higher education institutions that enroll more than 25% of Hispanic students..."


September 05, 2023
"Advancing campus-wide efforts to achieve educational equity, UC Santa Cruz has earned a $3 million grant that will support Latinx community college students in transferring to campus and, while they’re here, contributing to research projects and preparing for graduate school. The Department of Education Hispanic Serving Institution grant will provide five years of funding to Cultivamos Excelencia."


November 1, 2022
UC Santa Cruz named 2022 Fulbright HSI Leader
"UC Santa Cruz has been named a Fulbright HSI Leader for the second year in a row by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).

Fulbright HSI Leader status has been conferred on 43 HSIs for demonstrating noteworthy engagement with Fulbright exchange participants during the 2021-2022 academic year and promoting Fulbright Program opportunities on campus..." 


October 11, 2022
"In recognition of intentional campuswide efforts to serve Latinx students, UC Santa Cruz has earned the Seal of Excelencia, following a thorough data-driven review by Excelencia in Education. 
'Receiving the seal is a great honor and validation of the focused work we began in 2015, when we launched our first HSI initiatives,' said Chancellor Cynthia Larive..."


September 30, 2022
UC Santa Cruz joins in forming alliance to increase Hispanic opportunity "Joining with 19 leading universities, UC Santa Cruz today announced the formation of the Alliance of Hispanic Serving Research Universities, which aims to increase opportunity for those historically underserved by higher education." 
June 09, 2022

Proposal for new program, Pathways to the Professoriate in the Arts and Humanities, selected for funding by UC President’s Office

"A new cross-divisional initiative to prepare graduate students in the Arts and Humanities at UC Santa Cruz from historically underrepresented groups to go on to the professoriate has been selected for funding by the University of California-Hispanic Serving Institutions Doctoral Diversity Initiative (UC-HSI DDI)..."


June 07, 2022
"A first-time course in the UC Santa Cruz Division of the Arts has been introducing students to a wide array of professionals in creative fields to help them explore and prepare for arts careers. Entitled Careers in the Creative Economy, the class launched this spring as part of a number of campus initiatives funded by a grant to UCSC’s Hispanic-Serving Institution Initiatives..."


May 16, 2022
USDA grant supports increased BIPOC student involvement in food, agriculture, and natural resources education
"A $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Hispanic Serving Institution Grant Program will fund the project, entitled, “Increased Degree Attainment in Food, Agricultural, Natural Resources and Human Sciences: Creating a Regional Pipeline...”


December 21, 2021
UCSC is featured in the Winter 2021 edition of The Voice of Hispanic Higher Education.
Published quarterly, The Voice magazine offers its readers the latest information on higher education issues impacting the nation’s fastest-growing population as well as the latest news on HACU members.


November 30, 2021
"As a Hispanic-Serving Institution, UC Santa Cruz is constantly looking for ways to improve graduation rates and increase opportunities for Hispanic students to enter graduate programs and high-level professional careers."


November 17, 2021
"UC Santa Cruz is one of 35 Hispanic-Serving Institutions recognized for noteworthy engagement with Fulbright exchange participants by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)."


November 12, 2021
"UC Santa Cruz has joined the Excelencia in Action Network. The network is part of Excelencia in Education, a national research organization that works to accelerate Latinx student success by collaborating with policymakers and higher education leaders on the needs of Latinx students."

September 24, 2021
"UC Santa Cruz—one of only four universities that is both a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a member of the Association of American Universities—will be represented in a panel discussion, 'A Critical Dialogue on Leading Innovation, Scholarship, and Solutions Centered on Servingness.'"


September 20, 2021
"UC Santa Cruz has received two competitive grant awards from the UC-Hispanic Serving Institutions Doctoral Diversity Initiative (UC-HSI DDI) to fund programs that expand pathways to faculty careers for underrepresented minorities."

September 14th, 2021
"Committed to creating educational equity that will help lead to real, transformative change, UC Santa Cruz will launch an array of new programs to support the success of Latinx, low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students and prepare them for rewarding careers once they graduate."

September 14th, 2021
"Every year, the HSI hosts an on-campus Multicultural Advising Conference at UCSC for advisors to learn how to manage student concerns, specifically dealing with microaggressions in academic advising and building multicultural humility. Due to COVID restrictions in 2020, it was proposed the conference be turned into an online course to allow participation from any location, and UCSC reached out to Cal State East Bay’s Online Master of Science in eLearning Program for assistance."

June 22, 2021
"Valeria Alonso Blanco wants to do anything she can to help Latinx transfer students have a successful experience at UC Santa Cruz. The second-year doctoral student in psychology has worked three years with the university’s Cultivamos Excelencia program, which motivates Latinx students to complete a research university degree. A colleague described her as a true scholar-activist."

January 7, 2021
"The $3 million Hispanic-Serving Institution grant from the U.S. Department of Education will help the campus increase the readiness of Latinx, low-income and students of color to apply and succeed in graduate programs."

October 19, 2020
"A $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education will help UC Santa Cruz improve academic and career outcomes for undergraduate students and further advance the campus's capacity to increase racial equity."

September 16, 2020
"UC Santa Cruz is home to a diverse student body with scholars hailing from different communities throughout California, the U.S., and abroad. Each student brings their own story, history, and has a unique background. Among the many communities represented at UC Santa Cruz, one major group is the Latinx community. Since 2012, UC Santa Cruz has enrolled more than 25% Latinx students annually¹."

June 5, 2020
"For many children in underrepresented communities throughout the country, college is a distant dream, attainable only by relentless hard work both by the student and their parents. Once university is achieved, these students face even more boundaries to success, and often lack the skills and community needed to thrive in and graduate from college. Retention rates among these groups are dismally low, so even though on the surface UC Santa Cruz is a far more inclusive campus than when I attended twenty years ago, we have a way to go in terms of creating an infrastructure that can support these students in the ways they need."

University Library Newsletter Issue 35 Fall 2019

"Where Melissa Nohemi Vergara grew up, outdoor recreation meant walking the concrete streets of East Los Angeles. At 15, she caught her first glimpse of wilderness during a Yosemite visit, and now, a decade later, she’s discovering her passions in the redwoods of UC Santa Cruz."

November 2, 2016
"A $275,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will help Colleges Nine and Ten at UC Santa Cruz expand projects in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties to promote food security and food justice among predominantly Spanish-speaking, farmworker families."

October 2, 2016
"To keep Latino and low-income students on a path to graduating with degrees in science and engineering, UC Santa Cruz has been awarded a $5.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s program for Hispanic-Serving Institutions."

September 28, 2016
"Two grants from the U.S. Department of Education will help UC Santa Cruz increase achievement for Latinos and all students on campus, as well as partner with San Jose City College to help transfer students earn their bachelor's degrees at a research university."

October 26, 2015