HSI In The News

"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
"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
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