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Title V Newsletter

Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) Grant: Transfer Pathways

April 2022

Puente PD will be in-person this August! 

Are you interested in Puentifying your courses, advising, or student support service? Join our Cabrillo/CSUMB Puente workshop August 15th from 9am-1pm, lunch and flex credit included.

Register Here

This month our Pláticas event will highlight the Biology transfer pathway from Cabrillo to CSUMB and will include student panelists and career speakers. Join us!

Admitted Otter Day 2022 is back in-person!
This event will feature CSUMB campus tours, housing tours, academic information sessions, and more. 

Register Here

Title V Faculty Highlight with Claudia Hernandez

I'm so proud to be working with such dedicated and talented faculty, staff, and students in the Cabrillo 2+2 CSUMB program, a Cabrillo College Title V cohort advising program for students who want to transfer.  This initiative has strengthened my dedication and commitment to serving our underrepresented students by allowing me to conduct my counseling practice with an HSI serving lens which has been brought to full focus.  This work has allowed me to engage in formulating and participating in changes in institutional practice to serve Latinx and other students.  Not only have I been able to collaborate and form stronger partnerships with colleagues across campus, but this work has also propelled me to develop a stronger connection with our neighboring institutions such as CSUMB, UCSC, and SJSU.  In addition, participation in activities such as Transfer Task Force meetings, Culturally Responsive Practices trainings, and attending the AHSIE Best Practices Conference helped me to think more critically about new ways to advance the HSI Community and to better serve our students. Because of Title V initiatives, I realize how critical HSI work is to the advancement and vitality of our campus community.  My role as a counselor in a Hispanic Serving Institution now has a clearer purpose and my practice has improved greatly.  I'm looking forward to the years ahead as Cabrillo College becomes an exemplary HSI.

Are you looking for ongoing PD focused on closing the equity gap for
Latinx students in higher education?

Join the COLEGAS 2022 Webinar Series! Register HERE

CSUMB Transfer Student Highlight with Dulce Lizarraga-Chagolla 

My experience as a Cabrillo College graduate with a degree in Human Services and Health Science was amazing. My counselors were able to help me throughout the process of taking the appropriate classes while following my education plan and applying to transfer to CSUMB. At CSUMB the Transfer Student Success Center was pivotal to ease my transition into the university from the moment that I applied to the moment I became a student. I vividly remember my excitement signing up for orientation day to attend in person, but then it ended up to be virtual due to the pandemic. I have heard from other classmates that the experience is a fun day full of activities and building connections with other students. “Don’t miss it if you have the opportunity.” At CSUMB the Collaborative Health and Human Services (CHHS) program has gone above and beyond in my transition to become a successful student. The instructors have made my worries and concerns a lot less disruptive to my studies due to their constant collaboration within the program and the curriculum they offered. Instructors are very empathetic and willing to work with student’s individual needs, meeting them where they are and allowing for different types of learners to feel inclusive. I feel fortunate and grateful to be a part of this program as I am hopefully graduating with a degree in CHHS with a dual concentration on Social Work and Public Health this FALL 2022.

CSUMB Transfer Week is back!
Last year Cabrillo Transfer Services partnered with CSUMB to create a week-long series of one-hour sessions for transfer students.  Please encourage your students to attend – whether they are transferring this year or sometime in the future! 


Enhanced SI Update with Andrea Villanueva 

My experience with CS-11 SI spring semester in 2021 was so great, I jumped with joy when I was offered the opportunity to be an SI leader this semester. Being able to now help other students get through a class I enjoyed being in, sounded better than continuing my work in fast food. This being my first time ever being an SI leader has had its challenges, and its successes. Luckily, I have my professor Sharon Strelitz, Ricard Espinoza and all the SI Leaders helping me do my best for my class. At the moment, a challenge I still struggle with is figuring out the best way I can get the students to understand the topic. This semester I’ve used slides, Kahoot, YouTube videos, and exercises we can work together on as a group to help them understand the material. I try to keep my SI sessions a safe environment where they can feel comfortable speaking up or asking questions. With that being said, another challenge I come across, would be getting students to engage and chime in during the sessions when I ask them to give me an answer, so I don’t want to force them to speak if they are uncomfortable. But, the closer we get to the end of semester, I’ve noticed the students come out of their shell. They turn on their microphones through zoom and interact with me or other students. I’ve had a couple of students tell me my sessions have been helpful and that the way I word the material makes it easier for them to understand. I know they understand what I review with them, because I can see it in their quiz and exam scores, the students who join my sessions are at the top of the class. Whether they know it or not that’s all I want out of my experience being an SI Leader, it makes all my efforts and time worth it. Now my next goal is getting students to come and join me in person on campus for class or SI Sessions.

Are your students looking for motivation and community?
Encourage them to join the April Ganas Workshop!

BD Book Club Update


Greetings! Here’s the latest update from The Business Department Book Club
This month we read and discussed Ungrading practices:

TOPIC #1: UNGRADING: Susan Blum's book on Ungrading dives into alternative practices to grading and argues that the preoccupation of performance has been at the expense of learning.  For instance, she states that rubrics offer a wide variety of standardized criteria for "judging students" that fail to meaningfully assess learning.  The goal is to create a curriculum that is also worth learning and this is when the real work begins.  

TOPIC# 2: HACKING ASSESSMENT: Starr Sackstein's book Hacking Assessment covers a series of steps to accomplish ungrading across institutions:

- Meet with the administrators in the department to discuss the shift to ungrading
- Conduct a professional learning session with the department administrators
- Invite parents and community to discuss the change
- Support the staff by offering ongoing sessions on ungrading
- Create a beta team to try it out first – try implementing in one course at a time
- Establish a college-wide initiative in order to expand to other departments
- Check in with stakeholders – check in with community to see how this is developing

These topics and more, we read about, reflect and share with other faculty members.

You are welcome to join us- Our zoom meetings are Tuesdays at 6.00 pm Via Zoom.

Please contact us!!
Luz R. Hoyt
Cynthia Mathiesen
Silvina Leroux

Are your students interested in STEM careers?

Dr Asis Lopez will be speaking on April 21st about his educational path that took him to working on Biomedical Devices at the FDA and share opportunities for students within the Federal Government.  Students can register for the event HERE.

We love our CSUMB partners! Are your students transferring to CSUMB?  Get them connected to the Transfer Student Support Center with a fun event!

Did you know financial obstacles have the largest impact on student persistence? 
Remind your students to submit their FAFSA!

Financial Aid Student Ambassadors are working on Spanish language videos.
Check out the videos

 For more information about our Title V Transfer Pathways grant, check out our webpage!
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