Building Equity

Dr Gina Garcia (University of Pittsburgh) meeting with students to discuss UCSC' HSI identity.

HSI Equity Programs

Are you looking for support in your academic journey? Our Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI)  equity programs offer resources such a coaching, advising, mentoring, community building and more!

As part of the Division of Student Success, HSI programs and services are designed to meet the needs of our growing Latino/ LatinX student population while supporting the success of all UC Santa Cruz community members. Take a look at our program offerings below.

Advising and Preparation

MAPA Programs

Our Maximizing Achievement through Preparedness and Advising (MAPA) programs are focused on improving student success through advising and in-depth preparation for university life.

Programs include:

Read more about our MAPA grant and the latest progress.


Transfer Partnerships

Cultivamos Excelencia Programs

The Cultivamos Excelencia programs motivate and retain Latino/LatinX and other high-need students currently at surrounding community colleges to complete their bachelor’s degrees at UC Santa Cruz. Our current partnership institution for this project is San Jose City College and there are plans to expand.

Programs include:

Read more about our Cultivamos Excelencia grant and the latest progress.


Support for STEM Majors

SEMILLA Programs 

Our SEMILLA (Science Education & Mentorship In Latino Lives in Academia) programs are currently being developed for the 2017-2018 academic year. Our team is creating a suite of services and resources to better meet challenges students uniquely face as STEM majors.

Read more about our SEMILLA grant and the latest progress.