Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Initiatives

In 2012, UC Santa Cruz reached the Hispanic-Serving Institution threshold of having greater than 25% of its undergraduate student population be Latino/a. Since then, the U.S. Department of Education designated UC Santa Cruz as an "Eligible Institution" under the TItle III and Title V programs, officially recognizing the campuses' status as an Hispanic Serving Institution and giving UC Santa Cruz the opportunity to apply for grants. See HSI verification letter, here.

The campus subsequently announced receipt of two Title V grants, totaling $3.6 million. A "roadmap" was developed in collaboration with academic departments across the UCSC campus outlining specific commitments and expectations. In September 2016, UC Santa Cruz received a third U.S. Department of Education grant of $5.7 million, focused on reducing attrition rates for low-income and Latino/a students in STEM-based (science, technology, engineering and math) degrees.

The grants will help UC Santa Cruz increase achievement for our Latino undergraduate students and formalize a partnership with San Jose City College, Cabrillo College, Monterey Peninsula College, and Hartnell College, supporting transfer students who want to earn their bachelor's degrees at UCSC. The three HSI initiatives are:

For additional information about the HSI initiatives, to request a presentation from members of the HSI Steering Committee or the grant implementation team, and/or to provide feedback, please contact Charis Herzon, Assistant Director, HSI Initiatives, and Interim Director, Learning Support Services at (831) 459-3460 or charish@ucsc.edu.


08/15/17 - HSI Cultivamos Excelencia initiative welcomes new team member.

08/15/17 - HSI SEMILLA project welcomes new team members.

12/14/16 - Graduate student mentors announced for the Cultivamos Excelencia program.

11/17/16 -Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Quarterly Public Forums: Join the HSI Leadership Team and learn more about our current and future HSI initiatives (Thursday, November 17, 6:00pm to 7:30pm, Humanities 2 Room 259). See flyer.

11/04/16 - Hispanic-Serving Institutions grant offers opportunities for Latino students to transfer to UCSC, news article.

10/10/16 - Seeking graduate research mentors. Info sessions October 12 & 14, see flyer for more details.

10/04/16 - Cultivamos Excelencia program welcomes San Jose City College to campus, seeks graduate student mentors. See press release for more information.