Working Towards Equity

MBEP Members Awarded Hispanic-Serving Institution Grants to Better Serve Students

MBEP members GavilanCabrilloHartnell, and Monterey Peninsula colleges, California State University, Monterey Bay, and the University of California, Santa Cruz are among 118 campuses recently awarded $69.4 million in U.S. Department of Education funding to better serve underrepresented populations.

The funds were awarded through the department’s Developing Hispanic Serving Institutions (DHSI) Program – Title V, which provides competitive grant funding to institutions of higher education to strengthen programs, facilities, and services and expand opportunities for Hispanic Americans and other underrepresented populations. The community colleges that are top transfer providers to CSU Monterey Bay will now have Title 5 Hispanic Serving Grants of $3 million each. Cabrillo was awarded in 2019, and now Gavilan, Hartnell, and Monterey Peninsula have been awarded in 2020.


California State University, Monterey Bay: The approximately $3 million Mentorship and Equity in Transitions to Achieve Student Success (METAS) grant will help the university address equity gaps in transition rates, and the time and rate of graduation for Hispanic, low-income, and transfer students.

Leslie K. Williams, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students, says the grant team has proposed several broad goals including “increasing mentoring by faculty and peers, establishing a career and post-graduate pathways, and building infrastructure.” That translates into specific strategies, like having 1,200 students participate in financial literacy workshops, and 50% of students completing an internship while at CSUMB. These students may have jobs to support themselves or others, so another strategy is increasing evening support services such as tutoring and creating schedules in the largest undergraduate majors so students can complete a degree after 5 p.m. Read more

University of California, Santa Cruz: The $3 million Hispanic Serving-Institution grant, Graduating and Advancing New American Scholars: Promoting Postbaccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans (GANAS PPOHA), will help the campus increase the readiness of Latinx, low-income, and students of color from UC Santa Cruz and CSU Monterey Bay to apply and succeed in graduate programs, advancing educational equity among graduate students. This latest grant builds on the cross-campus partnership between faculty, staff, and administrators who comprise the HSI Leadership Committee. In September, UC Santa Cruz received a separate $3 million grant, GANAS Career Pathways, to improve academic and career outcomes for undergraduate students and further advance the campus’s capacity to achieve excellence and equity of results across groups. Read more