The shared purpose and bold vision of the CAHSI INCLUDES effort is to achieve parity in the number of Hispanics who complete computation-based graduate studies through expanded partnerships that include 2-year college feeders. The long-term goal is to pursue this vision through networked partnerships across regions of the U.S. with significant Hispanic populations, partnerships that collectively adapt and adopt proven practices and apply them throughout the higher education system of 2-year colleges and baccalaureate-, master’s-, and doctorate-granting universities. Specifically, the focus is on targeting the pool of talented students at Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) who, for various reasons, do not choose to continue on STEM educational and career pathways. The efforts will focus on transitioning Hispanic students from associate degree programs to baccalaureate programs and those in baccalaureate programs to graduate studies.
The pilot involves the following clusters: Northern California (University of California-Merced, California State University-Stanislaus, Merced College), Southern California (California State University-Dominguez Hills, Southwest Los Angeles College), Southwest (New Mexico State University, Doña Ana College, NMSU Alamogordo Community College, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso Community College). The clusters are in areas with high concentration of Hispanics. Key leaders share CAHSI’s core purpose to coordinate proven practices, including practices from NSF-funded CREST, AGEP, LSAMP, and REU programs. The clusters provide place-based efforts to make systemic change that considers specific socio-economic and cultural patterns at the institutional, local, and state levels that may need to be considered.