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Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) Grant: Transfer Pathways

November 2021

Join our November Pláticas event!

This month we will highlight transfer pathways to the CSUMB Humanities & Communication program and career speaker Karla Ramirez.  Please encourage your students to attend!

Link to Flyer
Did you miss our October Pláticas?  Your students might be interested in learning more about the transfer and career pathways in Health Science and Human Services.  This one-hour recording includes student panelists talking about their Cabrillo/CSUMB transfer experiences and story telling by career speaker Lilia Chagolla.
Health Science & Human Services Plática Recording

Hot off the press!

Read the latest article by Dr. Gina Garcia: Petrov, L. A., & Garcia, G. A. (2021). Becoming a racially just Hispanic-serving institution (HSI): Leveraging HSI grants for organizational identity change. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. Advance online publication.
PDF Article
Join the HSI Grant Offices at the last home game of Cabrillo’s Women’s Soccer. ¡Vamos Seahawks!

Ag Science Update with Sarah Hulick, Horticulture and Agriculture Technology Faculty

It's Harvest season at the Horticulture Center! 

With all of our greenhouse and indoor growing systems it's harvest season all year long at the Cabrillo Horticulture and Agriculture Technology Center. Still, autumn or harvest season is a special time of abundance and renewal on the farm and in the nursery. Along with our bumper crop of winter squash the Organic Agriculture class harvested last week; we are celebrating that there are three Agriculture Plant Science A.S.T Cabrillo graduates in the CSUMB Plant and Soil Science B.S. degree program this year for the first time ever. The Cabrillo Agriculture Plant Science A.S.T is still a relatively new degree program, starting in 2017 and now has the newly launched, CSUMB Agricultural Plant and Soil Science B.S. as an option for transfer starting for the first time this Fall 2021. Further connection between faculty members at CSUMB and Cabrillo agriculture programs are leading to a strengths based collaboration with Cabrillo's high tech production systems and CSUMB's comprehensive laboratory abilities. 

CSUMB and Cabrillo faculty members are working on developing the new talent pipeline into the combined programs by hosting a farm field day for high school students interested in Agriculture though the FARMS Leadership Program on December 9th at the Cabrillo Horticulture and Agriculture Technology Center. Cabrillo looks to further expand our Horticulture and Agriculture programs by creating a new AST degree in Agriculture Business. The planned launch date for the new Agriculture Business degree is late 2022. Here's to an abundant autumn!

Read the November update of the Business Department Book Club!

BD Book Club
Enhanced SI Update by Student Leaders Gabriela Macias and Kaylo Zubey

The PUENTE workshop for SI Leaders focused on teaching us how to get students excited to learn, keep them engaged, and create a safe space for students. Overall, it was very eye-opening and gave us as peer tutors many valuable ideas. It takes a lot for students to ask for help, so it’s important to make their experience a good one. In this workshop, we learned to share about ourselves and open up to the students to get them comfortable. We were also taught to see how the students are and get them to talk about what they are into, which will make them excited to learn and be involved. As always, we were reminded to let them know that we are happy they showed up.

Learning goes hand in hand with emotions and many students have high levels of stress and anxiety when it comes to asking for help and learning something new. In this workshop, we learned a great way to help alleviate these emotions by keeping students in a calm state. Examples of ways to do this include talking slower and softer to the student to calm the space and starting the session with a ten-second breathing exercise. Both of which can help with the test anxiety so many students suffer from. We learned that getting oxygen in the brain will help our brains think and, as a result, students will learn how to calm themselves down if they experience any test anxiety outside of the session. Another important lesson was to set affirmations and ask students if they will be there next time. This lets them know that we care if they come back. As seen with these main takeaways, the PUENTE workshop gave us several helpful and fresh ideas to improve our Supplemental Instruction program and sessions. We look forward to using all we have learned to continue to make our peer tutoring better and better.

Title V Staff Highlight with Lydia Arce, Cabrillo 2+2 CSUMB Program Coordinator

Lydia recently stepped down from her full time Title V Administrative Assistant role in August and now serves as a part time Cabrillo 2+2 CSUMB Program Coordinator while pursuing her MA in Guidance and Counseling at San Jose State University. Lydia’s motivation to pursue graduate school stems from her experiences as a Cabrillo College alumni & staff member.

She is particularly interested in gaining knowledge on the complexities of transfer pathways and is exploring this topic for her master’s dissertation.  “The better I understand the structures and policies in place, the better I can serve my current and future students interested in transferring from CCC’s to UC’s and CSU’s.”  A recent executive summary by the Campaign for College Opportunity has supported her understanding of transfer pathway intricacies: Chutes or Ladders? Strengthening California Community College Transfer So More Students Earn the Degrees They Seek. Lydia is also excited to learn that Gavin Newsom recently signed two major transfer reforms: Assembly Bill 928 and 1111 and she will be following the implementations of these reforms very closely in the upcoming years. 

Mark your calendars for the HSI Leadership Network Bi-Annual Symposium!

Celebrate Native Heritage Month

with CSUMB’s virtual event hosting
award-winning novelist
David Heska Wanbli Weiden,
on Wednesday, November 17, 2021,
6:30 - 8:00pm.
David will read from his original work
followed by a Q + A.

Register here!

November gratitude for Title V staff,
always going the extra mile for students!

Thank you for your hard work!
 For more information about our Title V Transfer Pathways grant, check out our webpage!
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