Announcement

CAHSI Student Scholars Leadership Program (SSLP)

A CAHSI Student Scholar (CAHSI Scholar) is a student who exemplifies a spirit of tech exploration, inclusiveness, and community. CAHSI invites undergraduate students as well as graduate students who are pursuing a degree in a computing field and who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in technical knowledge and service to the community to apply for this recognition. The 2020 cohort of CAHSI Scholars will be announced at the GMiS Conference in September 2020. Interested applicants should first read all content regarding this program. There is a two-step process for the 2020 selection round:

  1. Each eligible CAHSI institution may submit one (1) application from an undergraduate or graduate student who has been involved with CAHSI for at least 1.5 years. If there are two highly competitive applications, an institution may submit two applications.
  2. Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee representing academia and industry.  Finalists will be invited to a virtual interview.  Interviews are expected to take place at the end of July/beginning of August. This round of applications is open to students from these institutions:

West Region:  California State University Dominguez Hills, California State University Stanislaus, Merced College, San Francisco State University, and University of California Merced. 

Southwest Region:  Maricopa Community Colleges, New Mexico State University, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, University of Houston Downtown, and the University of Texas at El Paso. 

Southeast Region:  Florida International University, Inter American University of Puerto Rico Bayamon campus, Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, University of Puerto Rico Arecibo, University of Puerto Rico Bayamón, University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez, and University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras.

North Region:  Kean University and Northeastern Illinois University.

In order to be considered as a CAHSI Scholar, one should demonstrate excellence in four core areas: professional development, scholarly achievements, community outreach, and co-curricular or extracurricular activities. Past accomplishments and future plans/strategies for progress in these areas should complement CAHSI’s stated goals and vision. Students who are selected as finalists must sign an agreement with CAHSI indicating their commitment to serve as a CAHSI Scholar. This agreement affirms their commitment during the 2020-2021 academic year to:

  1. Attend and contribute to strategizing sessions with CAHSI leadership on ways to engage students across the alliance. Expected frequency:  3x/academic year
  2. Contribute to drafting a resource a (e.g., blog, wiki, student newsletter article) about featured experience(s) and/or ideas that would provide perspective to other CAHSI students, advisors, or supporters. For example, a possible blog topic is, What you would do to improve the enrollment, persistence, graduation, and/or career fulfillment of Hispanics and other underrepresented minorities in computing?  Expected frequency:  1x/academic year
  3. Participate in CAHSI leadership team sessions during the annual GMiS Conference. Expected frequency:  1x/academic year
  4. Assist in supporting CAHSI-sponsored workshops or efforts at your institution. This could include serving as a student ambassador at meetings and venues to encourage student involvement in CAHSI.

Complete applications include submission of the following:

  1. Basic Identification Form (online form)
  2. Current résumé
  3. Essay (not to exceed 1750 words in total)

A panel of reviewers will select the 2020 CAHSI Scholars. Individuals who are selected as a CAHSI Student Scholar and who show exceptional achievement in leadership, community service, and/or innovation will be considered for a monetary award.

About SSLP

About the Student Scholars Leadership Program

A CAHSI Scholar advocates for the Alliance and excels in these areas:

  1. Continuous professional and academic development as evidenced by a range of 21st century skills[1] and content knowledge.
  2. Community engagement that is centered on promotion of diversity and inclusiveness with respect to culture, diverse perspectives, disabilities, ethnic origin, gender, and sexual orientation.
  3. Social impact that bridges social needs or problems with tech-based or tech-inspired solutions.

Purpose of the CAHSI Scholar Designation:

  1. Position students to respond to the challenges and opportunities in the tech world in an informed and purposeful way so that they are better prepared as the next generation of leaders in computing.
  2. Recognize students who have made significant contributions to their community whether that be their school community, neighborhood community, online community, or other conceived community.
  3. Promote the breadth of talent at CAHSI institutions.

Application Summary

Core Areas of Application

  1. Professional Development: 
    This can include participation in CAHSI-led workshops or other workshops offered via conferences, industry, or associations (e.g., ARG, Writing, How to Sell Yourself and Your Ideas).
  2. Scholarly Achievements: 
    These achievements may extend beyond GPA and merit-based awards (e.g., competitions, certifications, recognitions). Individuals should have a GPA of 3.2 or higher. Individuals who have an overall GPA below this mark and wish to be considered as a CAHSI Scholar should articulate the challenges they have faced academically and their respective areas of growth in their essay response.
  3. Community Outreach: 
    This may include engagement with K-12, study groups, tutoring, and/or mentoring.
  4. Co-curricular or extracurricular activities: 
    This may be evidenced but not limited to undergraduate research, internships/externships, and other related efforts. Possible emphasis on specialties.

[1]The term “21st century skills” is refer to a range of abilities and competencies that go beyond what has traditionally been taught in the classroom, including problem solving, communication, collaboration, creativity, innovation. CAHSI includes systems thinking in this array of skills.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/barbarakurshan/2017/07/18/teaching-21st-century-skills-for-21st-century-success-requires-an-ecosystem-approach/#4bb7e9223fe6

Eligibility

Eligibility

An undergraduate or graduate student seeking a CAHSI Scholar designation should assemble an application that describes achievement in the aforementioned four core areas. Generally speaking, students should be engaged with CAHSI for at least 1.5 years before submitting a portfolio for consideration.

For the 2020 cohort, applications will be considered from undergraduate or graduate students attending one of the following CAHSI institutions:

West Region:  California State University Dominguez Hills, California State University Stanislaus, Merced College, San Francisco State University, and University of California Merced.  

Southwest Region:  Maricopa Community Colleges, New Mexico State University, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, University of Houston Downtown, and the University of Texas at El Paso. 

Southeast Region:  Florida International University, Inter American University of Puerto Rico Bayamon campus, Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, University of Puerto Rico Arecibo, University of Puerto Rico Bayamón, University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez, and University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras.

North Region:  Kean University  and Northeastern Illinois University.

Selection Process

Submission and Selection Process

Application Components

  1. Basic Identification Form: This is an online form that can be accessed under the “Submit Application” tab.  This form also enables the SSLP representative to upload your resume and essay responses. 
  2. Résumé:  Include your initials, university name, degree or degrees if applicable, major or program, your (expected) graduation month and year. Briefly list and describe internships completed, jobs held, posters presented, publications, competitions entered, and workshops attended. Include any merit-based awards, competitions entered, certifications obtained, and/or recognitions that you have received during your college/graduate career.  Provide hyperlinks to descriptions of these commendations where available.  If you have obtained any certifications or credentials outside your academic program, briefly describe them.  Avoid using acronyms.
  3. Responses to Essays:  We are interested in hearing about your completed efforts, future plans, and experiences that have challenged you to grow as a computing scholar in the form of an essay.  Please use the following questions as a guide for your essay. Include these section headings in your essay response:  Past Efforts, Future Efforts, and Reflection.  Your essay should be no more than 1750 total words.

Past Efforts:
What have you done to better yourself, to support others, and to advance the community?

  1. Engagement with CAHSI: Select one or two CAHSI-sponsored opportunities or practices that you have been engaged in that has positively impacted your development as a learner or leader. Identify the opportunity/practice and briefly describe your engagement. How did engagement in this opportunity or practice impact you?
  2. Community Outreach: Describe meaningful direct service to your community that you have undertaken during your college/graduate career. State whether service work was independent or sponsored by another entity, your motivation for entering service work, names of organization/community being served, length of service, frequency of service, and outcomes/outputs of service.  If you have spearheaded or engaged in efforts to address the challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, be sure to describe those efforts.
  3. Co-curricular or extracurricular activities: List and briefly explain the activities outside of required coursework for your degree plan that you have been involved with during your college/graduate career. Include leadership positions.

Future Efforts:
What plans or strategies do you have to positively impact the recruitment, retainment, and advancement of Hispanics in computing?

  1. What action(s) have you taken to move these strategies or plans forward?
  2. Who or what motivates you to move these strategies or plans forward?

Reflection:
Who are you?

  1. What have you learned about yourself since being engaged with CAHSI?
  2. What would you do differently to improve opportunities or practices geared towards student success that you have participated in, or observed?
  3. What kind of culture have you created or do you hope to create in your learning and/or work environment? Consider efforts that span from little to sizable financial investment as well as efforts that require brief time commitments to longer term time investment.
  4. What would you do differently to improve opportunities or practices geared towards student success that you have participated in, or observed? Think about this in terms of challenges with learning and community building as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Submission Directions

  1. Your CAHSI Scholar Program representative will contact you and facilitate the application submission. If you are selected as a finalist, you will be provided further instruction on scheduling an online interview. Note that any incomplete application or application that does not follow the formatting requirements below will not be considered.
  2. Applications will be scored by the criteria listed in Appendix A.
  3. You will receive a confirmation email when your submission has been received.

Formatting Requirements

  1. Use Arial 11-point font for your résumé and essay responses.
  2. Margins of your essay response document should be 1-inch.
  3. Use your initials in place of your name in your résumé. Do not include your name in your essay responses, only your initials.
  4. Save your document as a PDF using the following naming convention:<Intitials of your full name>_Essay<Initials of your full name>_ResumeFor example, the naming convention for the documents associated with Esmeralda Olivas Sanchez would be:EOS_EssayEOS_Resume

Selection Process

  1. Applications will be evaluated by a review panel.
  2. Individuals who are selected as a CAHSI Student Scholar will be announced during the 2020 GMiS Conference.
  3. If selected as a CAHSI Scholar, excerpts from your application may be used in promotional material by CAHSI, assuming that you grant CAHSI permission.
Questions/Updates

Questions and Answers

Q: Is it acceptable to ask someone to review my essays and resume before I submit my application?
A: You are encouraged to have a second pair of eyes edit your submission but not revise your work.  For an explanation of the difference between the two, see the Purdue University online writing lab here.  Your university likely also operates a writing lab and your mentor may also serve as a resource to you.  You are expected to present work that is your own.  If you are selected to be a CAHSI Student Scholar, you will be required to write other reflection pieces for publication.

Q:  Where do I submit questions about this program?
A:  Questions about the CAHSI Scholars Leadership Program should be directed to cahsischolars@gmail.com.

Q:  Is this program only open to CS or CE majors?
A: Yes. An exception may be granted.  Your CAHSI Scholar institutional representative should submit a letter of explanation to cahsischolars@gmail.com.

Submit Application

Application Links forthcoming.

CAHSI SSLP Representatives

Local CAHSI SSLP Representatives

  1. California State University Dominguez Hills, Stephanie Monne, smonne@csudh.edu CSUDH
  2. California State University Stanislaus, Dr. Melanie Martin, mmartin@csustan.edu CSU Stanislaus
  3. Florida International University, Niovi Rojas, nrojas@fiu.edu FIU
  4. Inter American University of Puerto Rico Bayamon campus, Cristina Canals Silander, cristina.canals@upr.edu UPRB
  5. Kean University, Nancy Amador, namador@kean.edu KEAN
  6. Maricopa Community Colleges, Brenda Whillock, whillock@cgc.edu MCC
  7. Merced College, Kathleen Kanemoto, kanemoto.k@mccd.edu MC
  8. New Mexico State University, Raena Cota, raenac@nmsu.edu NMSU
  9. Northeastern Illinois University, Hector Hernandez, h-hernandez3@neiu.edu NEIU
  10. Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, Cristina Canals Silander, cristina.canals@upr.edu PUPR
  11. San Francisco State University, Dr. Ilmi Yoon, ilmi@sfsu.edu SFSU
  12. Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, Gracie Gibbon, gibbon@tamucc.edu TAMUCC
  13. University of California Merced, Sara Mendoza,smendoza25@ucmerced.edu UC Merced
  14. University of Houston Downtown, Janet Thrasher, thrasherj@uhd.edu UHD
  15. University of Puerto Rico Arecibo, Dr. Eliana Valenzuela, eliana.valenzuela@upr.edu UPRA
  16. University of Puerto Rico Bayamón, Cristina Canals Silander, cristina.canals@upr.edu UPRB
  17. University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez, Cristina Canals Silander, cristina.canals@upr.edu UPRM
  18. University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras, Dr. Rafael Arce, rafael.arce@upr.edu UPRRP
  19. University of Texas at El Paso, Andrea Tirres, altirres2@utep.edu UTEP