HSI Equity Talks

The HSI Equity Talks are a place to discuss the findings and implications of the HSI initiatives. We welcome the audience to engage critically with the content presented at these talks in an effort to challenge the ways in which UCSC promotes student success and servingness.

    A Success Story: Using Embedded Course Advising to Disrupt Barriers in Foundational STEM Courses

  • May 16, 2022

    This HSI Equity Talk dives into how embedding EOP STEM counselors into the classroom has created a successful early alert intervention model to address academic and non-academic barriers for Latinx, URM, and low-income students. The presenters define what embedded course advising is, show their model for course support, and share evidence of how the UCSC campus and STEM faculty have become invested in offering course support for their classes to improve the retention and graduation of our students. 

    Presented by Maya Woolfe, Assistant Director, EOP STEM, and Jessica Macias, EOP STEM Counselor.



  • Championing a Transfer Receptive Culture

  • January 29, 2021

    This Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) Equity Talk brings together faculty, administrators, staff, and students from UC Santa Cruz and San Jose City College to explore how we can further activate the five elements of a Transfer Receptive Culture (TRC), which is defined as an institutional commitment to support transfer students of color. This workshop presents an equity analysis of transfer pathways at SJCC and UCSC, elevates student perspectives on transfer experiences, and serves as a catalyst for further dialogue and action planning.

    The workshop was facilitated by Dr. Dimpal Jain, Alfred Herrera, Santiago Bernal, and Paulina Palomino, the authors of Power to the Transfer: Critical Race Theory and a Transfer Receptive Culture, and joined by community college and UC practitioners from East LA College, San Jose City College, UCLA, and UCSC.

    For resources and more information about this event please click here.

  • In Conversation with Dr. Gina Garcia

  • October 15, 2020

    In 2015, UCSC launched its HSI work as it was awarded its first two HSI grants. Today, UCSC is one of 539 Hispanic-Serving Institutions and one of only 22 Hispanic-Serving Research Institutions. These designations have paved the way for UCSC to obtain five multi-million dollar HSI grants designed to support college and career pathways of Latinx, underrepresented, and low-income students. This online conversation highlights how the UCSC HSI Initiatives continues advancing student success and equity practices towards becoming a racially-just HSI, and centers around Dr. Garcia’s book, Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) in Practice: Defining “Servingness” at HSIs (2020), to which the UCSC HSI Initiatives Team contributed five chapters.

    The conversation was facilitated by Dr. Rebecca Covarrubias and Dr. Jennifer Baszile.

  • Interactive Theater Strengthens Cultural Humility in Advising Through Messages of Belonging

  • April 18, 2019

    Relationships between students and advisers -- whether positive or marked by tensions and misunderstandings -- can have profound implications for students’ access to institutional resources, their social and emotional wellbeing, and ripple effects on their academic standing in at least two ways. First, students can gain access to social capital through institutional agents when advisers serve as sources of information by providing students the navigational skills they need to excel academically. However, adviser-student relationships may not always be favorable as colleges and universities are marked by relationships based on asymmetrical power relations. At this HSI Equity talk, the presenters describe how the Multicultural Advising Conference (MAC) utilized interactive theater to strengthen holistic advising and to improve positive social relationships between advisers and students. 

    Presented by Sara Sanchez, Dr. Aaron Jones, and Dr. Arnold Sanchez-Ordaz.

    Disclaimer: The data presented in the talk is meant to be used for improving practices through evaluation and should remain internal to the campus community.

  • Equity Framework for STEM Gateway Courses: Current Practices in Cellular and Molecular Biology (Biology 20A)

  • December 13, 2018

    This presentation focuses on the SEMILLA grant and specifically covers the evaluation of the Biology 20A courses at UCSC.

    Disclaimer: The data presented in the talk is meant to be used for improving practices through evaluation and should remain internal to the campus community.

    Presented by Charis Herzon, Edgar Martinez, and Ole Kupsch

  • Preliminary Findings & Implications of the WORD Writing Summer Institute

  • November 1, 2018

    Writing Originating from Reading and Dialogue (WORD) is a completely FREE, 5-week seminar. WORD is meant to give students the knowledge, community, and resources to become better readers and writers as they prepare for their college-level coursework. Students that complete the program earn 2-unit university credits at no cost and receive academic advising prior to arriving at UC Santa Cruz. This presentation showcases the preliminary impact and implications of the first two years of the program. 

    Presented by Dr. Arnold Sanchez-Ordaz and Andrea Del Carmen Vazquez

    Disclaimer: The data presented in the talk is meant to be used for improving practices through evaluation and should remain internal to the campus community.