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Hispanic Serving Institution Summit

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California State University San Marcos is a designated Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) with the largest plurality of students identifying as Latinx. California State University San Marcos is the recipient of multiple grant-funded programs with the intention of furthering Latinx students towards degree completion by addressing unique barriers that affect the community.

CSUSM’s 2nd annual HSI Summit: Journey to Servingness & Excelencia is an-in person conference for faculty, staff, administrators, students and community partners to gain knowledge and understanding of (1) HSI’s, (2) the Seal of Excelencia and (3) best practices. 

Monday, December 4 | University Student Union, CSUSM | Free Registration

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Keynote Speaker

Tara J. Yosso, PhD

Scholar, Professor, Author, Artist and Screenwriter

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8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Breakfast and Registration 

Welcome Remarks/Land Acknowledgement 

Dr. Viridiana Diaz, Vice President for Student Affairs, CSUSM 
Dr. Ellen J. Neufeldt, President, CSUSM 

Journey to “Servingness” and Excelencia

Presenter: Dr. Viridiana Diaz, Vice President for Student Affairs, CSUSM 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at CSUSM

Presenter: Dr. Aswad Allen, Chief Diversity Officer, CSUSM

A Community Cultural Wealth Approach to Realizing Excelencia at CSUSM: Reclaiming Our Past to Reimagine Our Future

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Tara Yosso, Scholar, Professor, Author, Artist and Screenwriter 

Professor Yosso’s keynote will overview her community cultural wealth model, which has been received nationally and internationally as a paradigm shift for the ways we have traditionally thought about schooling structures, practices, and discourse. She will ask us to consider how we take up this model fostering a critical historical perspective of the communities we aim to serve at a Hispanic Serving Institution. Dr. Yosso’s timely insights aim to encourage us to draw on the ingenuity and courage of those who have come before us in the struggle for justice and to support our efforts cultivating a community of praxis at CSU San Marcos. 


A CSU’s Journey Towards the Seal of Excelencia 

Presenter: Dr. Amber Gonzalez, Professor, California State University, Sacramento

Presentation will explore the ways intentionality fits into how institutional structures, including practices, policies, and procedures serve Latine students. We will discuss ways to explore how our campuses are supporting Latine student success through intentionally serving them and how institutions can measure this success and servingness. We will also use this knowledge to think about next steps in exploring how to apply for the Seal of Excelencia.

Networking Lunch 

Voz Estudiantil: Students’ Higher Education Experience

Samantha Bautista, Student at Cal State San Marcos

Laura Guzman, Student at Cal State San Marcos

Carlos Patino Santarosa, Student at Cal State San Marcos

Student panelists will share their higher education experience and will offer their insight on how institutions may serve students more intentionally.  

Unlocking Grants: Your Guide to CSUSM's Grant Funding Process 


Melissa Teetzel, Manager, Grants and Contracts Development, Graduate Studies and Research and Rachel Stiehl, Grant Writer, Graduate Studies and Research

This is your key to understanding the ins and outs of securing grants at CSUSM. The CSUSM Office of Graduate Studies and Research (OSGR) will offer practical insights to help you navigate the funding landscape and turn your ideas into reality. OGSR will demonstrate Pivot, a grant database, as a tool to get you started in writing HSI or Latinx Student supporting grants.   


Excellence in Action: Unveiling Best Practices and Partnerships for Serving Latinx Students 


Maria Venegas Escobedo, Director, College Assistance Migrant Program, Migrant Scholars Summer Institute (MSSI)

Andres Favela, Interim Associate Vice President for Student Academic Support Services 

Dr. Suzanne Hizer, Project Associate Director, HSI STEM 

Dr. Renzo Lara, Director, Latinx Resource Center, San Diego State University

Panelists will offer practical and intentional efforts in support of Latinx student populations.  

Closing Remarks