Hispanic Partnerships Initiative
The CSU has developed collaborations with several Hispanic community partners to exchange institutional resources with the purpose of closing the educational opportunity gap for underserved Hispanic American students. Programs of this initiative intend to increase Latino/Hispanic students' access to higher education and college graduation rates.
Programs for Families
Es el Momento Education Fair: Held at California State University, Dominguez Hills, the Es el Momento Education Fair serves thousands of Spanish speaking families interested in learning about a typical education journey from pre kinder to university graduation. The lead partner of this event is Univision. Other organizations involved are nonprofit institutions, four-year universities, community colleges, and pre K-12 schools. The event's name states in Spanish, “The Time is Now.”
PIQE: The CSU-PIQE partnership seeks to educate parents about effective ways to get involved in their children's education. Through a nine-week parent training program delivered through the Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE), parents in communities near each of the CSU's 23 campuses learn about creating a home learning environment, navigating the school system, collaborating with teachers, counselors and principals, encouraging college attendance, and supporting children's emotional and social development. Classes take place at more than 115 public schools in California.
News Media Partnerships
Univision Education Advisory Committee: The CSU is a leading partner on this 40-member national committee that explores best practices to promote the education message among Latino parents. The research and evaluation of outreach programs developed under this committee are funded by Univision and the Gates Foundation and supported by the White House Initiative on Excellence for Hispanic Education.
La Opinion: The CSU partners with La Opinion and other media organizations to produce a bilingual insert in the newspaper titled “The Road to College,” and named in Spanish “El Camino a la Universidad.” Monica Lozano, publisher of La Opinion, is a convening member of the effort that gave birth to the CSU Hispanic Partnerships Initiative.
Programs for Students
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU): CSU presidents and delegations from the Chancellor's Office and CSU campuses join higher education colleagues from around the nation to inform members of the U.S. Congress about higher education issues impacting Hispanic students. The national gathering is convened under the banner of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). CSU campuses and the Chancellor's Office also participate in HACU's Annual Conference, a national forum on best practices in the education of Hispanics.
CSU's engagement with HACU has resulted in significant funding for campuses designated as Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs).
Hispanic Serving CSU’s as of October 1, 2011
California State University System Office (Hispanic-Serving System/District)
Alliance for a Better Community (ABC): The CSU is a partner with the Alliance for a Better Community (ABC), a nonprofit institution sponsored by the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce to promote high school graduation and college-ready students in LAUSD schools. ABC is an umbrella organization for 14 neighborhood groups and 30 cooperatives pressing for school reform. The CSU supports ABC's campaign toward the adoption of the A-G Curriculum in LAUSD schools and supports ABC's work conducive to achieving outstanding pre K-12 education.
American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE): The CSU supports the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) annual conference, the largest forum of Hispanic PhDs in the nation. The CSU Chancellor's Office, campus presidents, trustees and staff participate in the conference.
Chicano Latino Inter-segmental Convocation (CLIC): CSU is part of the planning and policy committees of the Chicano Latino Inter-segmental Conference, which takes place every other year and of the policy institutes sponsored by the organization.
Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE): CSU supports HOPE's Youth Leadership through Literacy Program (YLTLP), a statewide development program designed to prepare low-income, high school Latinas for a self-sufficient future. The objectives of the YLTLP include college preparation, financial empowerment, enhanced civic participation and the promotion of healthy living. In addition, CSU supports and participates in other three HOPE annual events: Latina History Day, Latina Action Day in Sacramento, and the HOPE's Awards Celebration. HOPE is the premier Latina leadership group in the nation.
Families in Schools and Boyle Heights Learning Cooperative: The CSU participates as a member of the governing boards of Families in Schools and the Boyle Heights Learning Cooperative. Through this participation the CSU promotes the 15-class curriculum that prepares students for admission to college.
SACNAS- MAES - SHPE - Great Minds in STEM: The CSU is a co-sponsor of the annual conferences of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) the Society of Mexican American Engineers & Scientists (MAES) the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and Great Minds in STEM. These collaborations support the national efforts to increase the number of Latino students who aspire to be leaders in the STEM fields: Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics.
Other Programs and Partnerships
White House Initiative on Education Excellence for Hispanic Americans: The CSU External Relations unit is actively involved with the White House Initiative on Education Excellence for Hispanic Americans. White House representatives have held town hall meetings at the San Bernardino, Dominguez Hills, Long Beach and Northridge campuses.
The U.S. Department of Education selected a CSU Dominguez Hills student to be featured on a video promoted nationally among Spanish-speaking families detailing the support that first generation students receive at CSU campuses as they pursue their education.