University of Texas, El Paso

To accelerate systemic change across Computing Alliance Hispanic-Serving Institutions (CAHSI) to advance more Hispanic students into and through computing graduate programs

  • Amount $500,000
  • City El Paso, TX
  • Investigator Ann Quiroz Gates
  • Year 2022
  • Program Higher Education
  • Sub-program

This grant provides funds to bolster the efforts of an established consortium of Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), the Computing Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (CAHSI). CAHSI is dedicated to advancing Latina/o/x representation in computer science, a discipline lacking in diversity (by gender and race/ethnicity), especially at the graduate level. CAHSI pulls together more than 60 two- and four-year Hispanic Serving Institutions to learn from one another and to work with industry, non-profit, and other partners to raise computing degree attainment by Latina/o/x students. With much success behind them, CAHSI leadership is expanding its focus from undergraduate to graduate education pathways.Funds from this grant will support a series of activities designed to develop multilevel shared responsibility across the network, build multidimensional structures and cultivate a talent development mindset at CAHSI member institutions. Moreover, the project is poised to capitalize on a growing number of R1 (i.e., very high research productivity) HSIs, including through CAHSI’s involvement in the Alliance of Hispanic Serving Research Universities (HSRU), whose goals are to double the number of Hispanic doctoral students and increase by 20% the number of Hispanic faculty in their universities by 2030.

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