UC Davis ‘Keeps Moving’ to Serve Hispanic Students

Hispanic Outlook Magazine last month named UC Davis as one of the “Top 100 Colleges and Universities for Hispanics,” and the people leading UC Davis’ effort to become a Hispanic-Serving Institution, or HSI, say that’s just a peek at things to come.

“It’s been our past, our present and our future,” said Lina Mendez, director of HSI Initiatives. “I see this as something that can benefit the entire campus, and not just Hispanic students.”

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Aoki Center and HSI Presents Professor Marcela Cuellar

Dr. Marcela G. Cuellar is an associate professor in the School of Education at the University of California, Davis. Her research examines Latinx/a/o student experiences and outcomes at Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) and emerging HSIs, campus climate, and community college baccalaureates. She is currently co-leading a research project examining the unique role of R1 HSIs, especially within the University of California.

Announcing our HSI Initiative Campaign: AVANZA!

Vice Chancellor’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion proudly launches AVANZA, a UC Davis Hispanic Serving Institution Initiative branding campaign that celebrates our servingness to the Chicanx/Latinx community. We chose the term, AVANZA, because it honors the strength, energy, and forward thinking of our comunidad at UC Davis.

La Gente: Struggles for Empowerment and Community Self-Determination in Sacramento

La Gente traces the rise of the Chicana/o Movement in Sacramento and the role of everyday people in galvanizing a collective to seek lasting and transformative change during the 1960s and 1970s. In their efforts to be self-determined, la gente contested multiple forms of oppression at school, at work sites, and in their communities. Márquez shows that the Chicana/o Movement was not solely limited to a handful of organizations or charismatic leaders.

Latinx Identity Educational Pipeline Stories: Barriers and Successes from State Policy

While Latinos have seen an increase in college enrollment over the last decade, completion rates are stagnant or declining. As a result, there is a widening gap between this group and non-Hispanic whites in the attainment of college degrees. This presentation will highlight research related to Latinos’ college success, emphasizing the promise of Latino-attentive approaches for boosting college completion.