Welcome to ¿Qué pasa, HSIs? a podcast dedicated to everything Hispanic-Serving Institutions. I’m your host, Dra. Gina Ann Garcia, bringing you all the latest and greatest on what’s happening in HSIs. Join us as we explore the history and evolution of HSIs, culturally relevant and liberatory practices in HSIs, current and emerging research with HSIs, and the policies that shape servingness.
State Policies & Servingness
In the third episode of ¿Qué pasa, HSIs? we continue talking about policy with a more focused look at state-level policies and how they affect servingness. Our guest Dra. Ishara Casellas Connors is an assistant professor of government & public administration at Texas A&M University. Her research examines the implications of DEI policies for advancing racial equity for minoritized students. In this episode we talk about how these DEI policies can help or hinder servingness with HSIs. She also talks to us about how these policies allow for or hinder institutions to focus on intersectional servingness, and gives us a sneak preview of her evolving research that centers Afro-Latinx students.
Guest: Dr. Ishara Casellas Connors (she/her), Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University
Casellas Connors, I. (2021). Constructing a monolith: State policy, institutional DEI plans, and the flattening of Latinx identity at Hispanic-serving institutions. AERA Open, 7(1), 1-16. https://doi.org/10.1177/23328584211063872
Casellas Connors, I. (under review). Policy implications of racial discourse: Florida’s public Hispanic Serving Institutions.
HSI Grant Directorship & Implementation
In this episode of ¿Qué pasa, HSIs? we focus on an essential structure for serving, HSI grant implementation. Many HSIs start their HSI journey by applying for and launching a Title III or Title V HSI grant. This episode’s guest, Dr. Lisa Petrov, serves as the Project Director of a Title V grant called “Strengthening Advising, Teacher Education, and Our HSI Identity” which is in its final year of implementation at Dominican University. Lisa offers a wealth of knowledge about project directorship and offers insight into the challenges and successes of implementing servingness in practice. Dr. Petrov is also an associate professor of Spanish and Transcultural Studies, which informs her work.
Guest: Dr. Lisa Petrov (she/ella), Title V Project Director & Associate Professor, Dominican University
Instagram: @lapetrov_ | Twitter: @laprofe63
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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/dhe0000356
Federal HSI Policies & Servingness
In the inaugural episode of ¿Qué pasa, HSIs? I talk to Dra. Stephanie Aguilar-Smith, an Assistant Professor of Counseling and Higher Education at the University of North Texas, about federal HSI policies and servingness. Her research examines educational policies, higher education as a hierarchical stratified system, and the ways that these trends shape HSIs. In this episode we explore the complexities of federal policies that shape servingness and learn about the motivation of HSI grant seekers when they pursue this stream of funding. This episode is also part of HSI Week 2022, a week dedicated to the celebration and acknowledgement of HSIs.
Guest: Dra. Stephanie Aguilar-Smith (she/ella), Assistant Professor, University of North Texas
Twitter & Instagram: @drsaguilarsmith
Aguilar-Smith, S. (2021). Seeking to serve or $erve? Hispanic-serving institutions’ race-evasive pursuit of racialized funding. AERA Open, 7(1), 1-15. https://doi.org/10.1177/23328584211057097
¿Qué pasa, HSIs? Trailer
In this short trailer, Dr. Gina Garcia describes the HSI designation as a federal construct, outlines the requirements for becoming federally designated, and challenges the audience to rethink what it actually means to be Hispanic-serving. The purpose of this podcast, ¿Qué pasa, HSIs? is to grapple with this question. With each episode, guests will grapple with topics about servingness, emerging from their research with HSIs and their practice within HSIs. What you will find is that there is no one answer to the servingness question. Join us weekly as we dive into the history and evolution of HSIs, culturally relevant and liberatory practices, current and emerging research with HSIs, and the policies that shape servingness.
Title III, V, VII Eligibility
Excelencia in Education - 25 Years of HSIs
My first ever review
Listened to all three episodes which made me pull out both my research journal and my big idea journal. If I wasn’t a fan-girl before I sure am now and have more HSI scholars to follow and learn and unlearn from about this big broad beautiful HSI landscape. Can’t wait for more episodes and learning.
Dra. Gina Garcia Thank You!!!!
As a scholar practitioner this podcast provides an opportunity to reckon with the idea of servingness. These topics are super complicated and Dra. Garcia handles them with care and explores the nuances with her guests!
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Name it Dr. Garcia!
Dr. Garcia unpacks the nuances of the HSI designation for IHEs. She challenges us to do the work and helps us understand what it means to truly serve Latinx students! Can’t wait for more episodes!