What is HSI-STEM?

From the Office of the President:

I am very pleased to announce that Mission College has been awarded the HSI STEM grant!  Mission was eligible to apply for HSI, or Hispanic Serving Institution, status due to recent increases in our number of students with Hispanic origins, that is currently reaching levels of 26% of our student body.  This growth (and related outreach) has been important—not for this designation, but to better represent the community which Mission serves.  Mission is a special place due to our student body, and we are one of only a very small number of institutions that are designated as both HSI and AANAPISI (Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution). 

Being designated as HSI or AANAPISI, however, is no guarantee of receiving funding—designation only makes an institution eligible for funding.  The grant process is extremely competitive and only the strongest proposals are awarded.  Mission College should be extremely proud that we have been able to secure multiple AANAPISI grants and now this HSI grant.  Again, it is rare for an institution to receive both AANAPISI and HSI funding simultaneously. 

Regarding the grant itself, the Federal call was for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) focused proposals, and our proposal for STEMlink activities is designed to provide a blueprint for increasing the number of Hispanic and low-income students attaining STEM degrees.  The core activities are centered around the following: I.) Developing and clarifying linkages to create seamless STEM pathways, II.) Strengthening student support services specific to STEM pathways, III.) Strengthening academic and learning support services, and IV.) linking Hispanic and low-income students to industry.  This proposal is also being advanced in partnership with CSU East Bay for a strong transfer alliance.  The total award is for $5,399,180 over five years. 

I am particularly proud of this achievement due to the tremendous amount of support that went into the creation of our application under the leadership of Ken Songco.  This work was done at the same time as the college was working towards meeting its accreditation goals and much more—a huge thank you to all who gave of their time, energy, and expertise.  I may not have a complete list (please forgive me!), but I would like to recognize the following members of the HSI-STEM Grant Writing Team.  

Ken Songco (Director of Student Equity and former director of our Federal AANAPISI programs), Danny Nguyen (Dean – Math/Science); Clement Lam (Math/Engineering); Lucia Moreno (Outreach/Financial Aid); Edrina Rashidi (MESA Program Coordinator); Edwin Martinez (MESA Student); Andres Cuenca (MESA Tutor); Richard Alfaro (Dean – Student Support Services); Carina Cisneros (EOPS Assistant Director); Nohemy Chavez (Puente Counselor); Brian Goo (STEM/Transfer Program Coordinator); Monica Rivas (Foreign Languages Dept. Chair); Bianca Santillan (Puente Student); James Schweppe (Chemistry); Aram Shepherd (English); Angel Mora (student); Linda Retterath (Math). 

This team was supported by Thanh Do and Sarah Randle generating data and by the finance team in the Office of Administrative Services, as well as input from Leandra Martin, Rick Bennett, and John Mosby. 

This grant provides even greater opportunity to serve our students.  I am thankful and look forward to the great work we will doing! 

We Are Mission.

Daniel Peck
Mission College

HSI-STEM and Articulation Program Project Abstract


Inez Barragan
Director, HSI-STEM Program

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Office Coordinator


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