METAS, MAESTRO, Transfer Student Success Center and UROC are programs supported by this funding.
But there is more than that.
“We want to be proud and elevate [CSUMB’s] Latinx and low-income students, and be a place to call home,” said Valarie Maestas-Chapel, METAS Grants Coordinator and CLC Coordinator.
CSUMB celebrates HSI Week September 12-16 with events and programs for students, staff, and faculty that provide fun, engagement, and community, but also explain what it means to be an HSI.
One of the most visible early events will be HSI Pachanga Night with music, games and resources for the success of the Latinx student community, from 1-3 p.m. Monday on the Main Quad.
“I’m thrilled to be part of the launch of Pachanga, to see the whole community come together and celebrate CSUMB as HSIs,” said Margaret Dominquez.
She is a MAESTRO project manager and E&L clinical coach, and has helped plan HSI events with co-organizers Maestas-Chapel and Betsaida Solis. Last year they handed out pan dulce on the Main Quad.
“The students’ faces lit up when they saw the pan dulce. You could hear them saying ‘omg is that pan dulce?’ Maestas-Chapel said. “And other students were thrilled to be exposed to a little bit of another culture.”
One of the most useful events for students is the UROC conference titled “Demystifying Research: Combating Imposter Syndrome in an HSI” from 2-3 p.m. Tuesday at the Library, Suite 2150.
OC3 Curanderismo, a traditional Mexican American healing practice, is billed as “Hxstory and Rituals for Staying Healthy and Clearing Bad Energies”. It’s happening from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Otter Student Union, room 310.
This is followed by one of the great signature events, a workshop and discussion on HSIs by one of its leading scholars and author, Dr. Gina Ann Garcia.
Betsi Solis, Student Outreach, Engagement and Transition Coordinator for MAESTROs, said of Garcia’s visit, “It’s important that all CSUMB stakeholders understand all aspects of what means being an HSI and how to effectively and collaboratively lead organizational change. towards fairness and justice.
The workshop, “Transforming Hispanic Institutions into Service with Dr. Gina Ann Garcia,” runs from 2-4 p.m. Thursday at the OSU Ballroom, with 100 seats available. This is followed by the keynote address “Dr. Gina Ann Garcia Transforming Hispanic Serving Institutions” from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the same venue.
“Dr. Garcia [will help] campus constituents to reflect on long-term organizational change toward equity and justice, including mission, purpose, program, programs, services, governance, leadership, and external partnerships,” said said Dominguez.
Maestas-Chapel agreed, saying Garcia’s “Becoming Hispanic Serving Institutions” was a great and thought-provoking read.
Many organizations and individuals have collaborated to organize CSUMB’s HSI week.
“They all came together to support, organize, volunteer their time, organize events, etc. Maestas-Chapel said. “We have received so much love and support and are so excited to celebrate HSI week!”
Check out the full HSI Week 2022 event schedule on the OSU webpage.