40 episodes

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.
www.ginaanngarcia.com
IG: www.instagram.com/quepasahsis
X: twitter.com/QuePasaHSIs

¿Qué pasa, HSIs‪?‬ Dr. Gina Ann Garcia

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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.
www.ginaanngarcia.com
IG: www.instagram.com/quepasahsis
X: twitter.com/QuePasaHSIs

    Noncredit institutions are HSIs too: A conversation with President Tina King

    Noncredit institutions are HSIs too: A conversation with President Tina King

    In this episode of ¿Qué pasa, HSIs? we learn about San Diego College of Continuing Education, a noncredit college that enrolls more than 25% Hispanic students, yet is unqualified for HSI eligibility due to the federal definition. Dra. Tina King, president of SDCCE, talks about how the college enacts servingness despite HSI ineligibility. We talk about her equity-minded approach to leadership and her unwavering commitment to students. She also talks about her life growing up as a proud Afro-Latina born to a Black father and Mexican mother from Jalisco. Despite her pride, she also shares her experiences with anti-Blackness in the Latinx community. She reminds us of the teachings of Paulo Freire on how those who are oppressed can become oppressors too. President King is a transformative leader whose vision is guided by the core values of inclusive excellence, equity-mindedness, and institutional responsibility for student success. Before serving as president, she was Assistant Superintendent/Vice President for Student Affairs at Southwestern College, an HSI, following a high impact career in both public K-12 education and postsecondary education. Dra. King is the first Afro-Latina to lead one of California’s community colleges and her pride and joy in this work is evident throughout this episode. 

    Dra. Tina M. King (She/Her/Ella), President, San Diego College of Continuing Education
    Instagram: @sdccepresident | X: @drkingtina | LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tina-maria-king-ed-d-14943235/ 
    Website: https://sdcce.edu/organization/president
    Attachments / Show Notes: 
    https://workforce.org/news/san-diego-workforce-partnership-development-board-welcomes-three-new-members/
    https://timesofsandiego.com/education/2023/11/27/san-diego-college-of-continuing-ed-awarded-1-175-million-grant-to-expand-welding-program/
    https://www.hispanicoutlook.com/articles/dr-tina-m-king-giving-back-students-her
    APA Citation: 
    Garcia, G.A. (Host). (2024, May 19). Noncredit institutions are HSIs too: A conversation with President Tina King. (No.409) [Audio podcast episode]. In ¿Qué pasa, HSIs?. https://www.ginaanngarcia.com/podcast/409

    • 51 min
    Lessons in Grassroots Leadership

    Lessons in Grassroots Leadership

    In this episode of ¿Qué pasa, HSIs? we engage in lessons in grassroots leadership with Dra. Leticia Villarreal Sosa, a scholar activist who serves as Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development and Professor in the School of Social Work at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. She shares stories of the risks and challenges that grassroots leaders face while trying to transform their campuses into Latine-serving spaces. As a social worker who centers feminist teachings and racial justice in her work, enacting servingness comes natural to her, yet she has faced numerous struggles and strong opposition along the way. One of her passions is curriculum redesign, which she describes for us, providing techniques for making changes to curriculum, measuring critical consciousness as a goal of the course, and strategies for getting changes through formal governance structures. We also talk about our co-authored article on “decolonizing faculty governance” and the fear, anger, and resistance we invoked from colleagues. With every story, Dra. Villarreal Sosa weaves in the risks she has taken while doing the work. Grassroots leadership is vital to HSI transformation, and many of us can learn from Leticia in this episode.

    Guest: Dra. Leticia Villarreal Sosa (she/her/hers/ella), Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development | Professor in the School of Social Work, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
    X: @leticiavillarr
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/leticia-villarreal-sosa-58a2b320/ 
    Instagram: @nepantlahealing
    APA Citation: 
    Garcia, G.A. (Host). (2024, May 5). Lessons in Grassroots Leadership. (No.408) [Audio podcast episode]. In ¿Qué pasa, HSIs?. https://www.ginaanngarcia.com/podcast/408
    Attachments / Show notes: 
    Villarreal Sosa, L., Garcia, G. A., & Bucher, J. (2022). Decolonizing faculty governance in Hispanic-Serving Institutions. Journal of Hispanic Higher Education. Online first. https://doi.org/10.1177/15381927221126781
    Villarreal Sosa, L., & Castillo Martinez, M. (2023). Human rights and Latina feminisms: Implications for clinical practice with the Latine diaspora in anti-immigrant times. Clinical Social Work Journal. https://doi.org//10.1007/s10615-023-00892-0
    Villarreal Sosa, L., Roth, B., Rodriquez, S. (2021). Crossing borders: Exploring the role of social workers in immigrant-serving schools. Social Work Research. https://doi.org/10.1093/swr/svab011  
    Villarreal Sosa, L. & Lesniewski, J. (2020). De-colonizing study abroad: Social workers confronting racism, sexism and poverty in Guatemala. Social Work Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/02615479.2020.1770719
    https://www.press.uillinois.edu/books/?id=p088162 (link to forthcoming book)

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Sac State Using Student Voices to Transform HSIs

    Sac State Using Student Voices to Transform HSIs

    We are committed to centering student voices on ¿Qué pasa, HSIs? This episode provides the opportunity to learn about the Using Our Voices to Transform HSIs project at California State University, Sacramento (Sac State). The project, funded by the College Futures Foundation, explores Latinx/e student perceptions of servingness at Sac State and aims to interrogate how university policies, programs, and practices support Latinx/e student success. Four members of the Using Our Voices team, Dr. Amber Gonzalez, professor at Sac State, Dr. Kevin Ferreira van Leer, assistant professor at University of Connecticut, Jacky Villalobos, alumni of Sac State, and Samantha Secundido, student at Sac State, talk about the history of the project, their process as co-researchers, and some of the core findings. They also share how their project caught the attention of the administration on campus, which has led to structural and policy changes for students. Participatory action research (PAR) has the power to transform HSIs, but it’s not easy work. This episode spotlights the processes necessary to engage in successful PAR work with students at HSIs. And if there is one thing all HSIs should do, it is listen to their students.

    Guests: 
    Amber Gonzalez (she/her), Professor, California State University, Sacramento
    Kevin Ferreira van Leer (he/him/el), Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut
    Twitter & Instagram: @DrKevinFvL | LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevin1ferreira/
    Website: https://www.drferreiravanleer.com/ https://arclab.hdfs.uconn.edu/projects/elevating-equity/
    Jacky Villalobos (she/her), Alumni & Doctorate of Physical Therapy Student, California State University, Sacramento 
    Samantha Secundido (she/her), Student, California State University, Sacramento
    Instagram: @xo.samy
    Attachments / Show notes: 
    Instagram: @csus.usingourvoices 
    Website: https://www.usingourvoiceshsi.com/
    https://www.csus.edu/news/newsroom/stories/2023/9/listening-to-students.html

    • 59 min
    Brown Table Talk with President Olivo

    Brown Table Talk with President Olivo

    In this episode we transform the ¿Qué pasa, HSIs? microphone into a brown table talk with one of our favorite HSI leaders Dra. Cynthia Olivo, who is the 10th president of Fullerton College. Dra. Olivo’s career spans nearly three decades, serving in many roles including Assistant Superintendent and Vice President of Student Services at Pasadena City College and Associate Director of Admissions and Student Recruitment at California State University, San Bernardino. In this plática we learn about how she has served as a champion for equity and academic excellence for students, how she has worked towards organizational change, poco a poco, with minor tweaks, and how culture, ceremony, and celebration are core tenets of her leadership. She also shares best practices for coalition building across racial-ethnic groups as informed by an organization she co-founded, The Coalition. Throughout our plática Dra. Olivo shares her personal history as the granddaughter of migrant farmworkers, the daughter of a single mother, a first-generation college student, and a third-generation Chicana who went from EOP student to college president.

    Guest: Cynthia Olivo (She, Her, Ella), Presidenta, Fullerton College
    Social Media: @drcynthiaolivo
    APA Citation: 
    Garcia, G.A. (Host). (2024, April 7). Brown Table Talk with President Olivo. (No.406) [Audio podcast episode]. In ¿Qué pasa, HSIs?. https://www.ginaanngarcia.com/podcast/306
    Attachments / Show notes: 
    https://www.fullcoll.edu/president/
    https://www.politico.com/agenda/story/2019/09/25/higher-educations-racial-inequities-000978/
    https://edsource.org/2021/to-close-racial-equity-gaps-make-it-simpler-for-community-college-students-to-transfer/657575
    https://www.thecoalitioncc.org/

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Navigating AANAPISI & HSI Dual Designation

    Navigating AANAPISI & HSI Dual Designation

    This episode is packed with MSI-HSI-AANAPISI knowledge! Whether you are at a dual or multiple designation campus or not, this episode is for you! Our guest Dr. Mike Hoa Nguyen is an assistant professor of education at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, and the principal investigator of the MSI Data Project. He has extensive professional experience that informs his research, having served as a senior staff member in the United States Congress and a program associate at De Anza College, an AANAPISI in California. In this episode we dive deep into the weeds of the MSI federal designation, with Dr. Nguyen educating us on the complexities and possibilities of being dual designated as an HSI & AANAPISI. He also talks about the usefulness of the servingness framework for AANAPISIs (Asian American & Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions) and offers suggestions for engaging with state and federal legislators and private foundations as a way to advance our HSI-AANAPISI grant work. He also shares the roots of the MSI Data Project and talks about ways to use the data in research and practice.

    Guest: Mike Hoa Nguyen (he/him), Assistant Professor, New York University
    APA Citation: 
    Garcia, G.A. (Host). (2024, March 24). Navigating AANAPISI & HSI Dual Designation (No.405) [Audio podcast episode]. In ¿Qué pasa, HSIs?. https://www.ginaanngarcia.com/podcast/ 
    Attachments / Show Notes: 
    https://steinhardt.nyu.edu/people/mike-hoa-nguyen
    https://www.msidata.org/

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Elevating Managerial Professionals & Support Staff in Servingness

    Elevating Managerial Professionals & Support Staff in Servingness

    In this episode Dra. Karla Cruze-Silva talks about her research with managerial professionals and support staff at HSIs. Her findings indicate that these practitioners are often the people on the ground implementing servingness at HSIs, yet they are overlooked in the servingness research, not invited to the HSI conversations on campus, and don’t feel like they are part of servingness efforts. They also feel overworked and underpaid, yet the majority are women and Black, Indigenous, People of Color with a great level of commitment to serving minoritized populations. Karla shines an important light on this essential group of staff members at all HSIs, and asks us to consider how we are serving them. Dra. Cruze-Silva, who is a first-generation college graduate, Chicana, daughter and wife to immigrants, mama, scholar-practitioner, serves as the Director of HSI Initiatives at the University of Arizona. In addition to her research, she shares some of the secrets to doing intentional servingness work and the importance of having a permanent HSI Director on campus. We explore important topics like engaging alumni and working with private foundations and corporations to support servingness efforts.

    Guest: Dra. Karla Cruze-Silva (She/ Her/ Ella), Director, Hispanic Serving Institution Initiatives, University of Arizona
    Social Media: 
    X: @DraCruzeSilva
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karla-cruze-silva-phd-b110b958/
    APA Citation: 
    Garcia, G.A. (Host). (2024, March 10). Elevating Managerial Professionals & Support Staff in Servingness (No.404) [Audio podcast episode]. In ¿Qué pasa, HSIs?. https://www.ginaanngarcia.com/podcast/ 
    Attachments / Show notes:
    https://hsi.arizona.edu/

    • 1 hr 8 min

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Tucsoncycles ,

A must listen for higher ed professionals

I love this podcast. As a higher ed practitioner working in engineering education equity, I require faculty members who want to partner with me to listen to this podcast. It is accessible and informative and so incredibly useful at translating theory and lived experience to actionable practice. I cannot recommend this enough. I am so inspired by Dra. Garcia and each of her guests. Bravo for bringing this work into such a mainstream space!

Rp593 ,

Fantastic!!!

Dr. García is a force in her field!!! As someone who has followed her work for years, its so exciting to get to hear her perspective and the perspectives of her top notch guests. If you have any interest in HSIs, higher education, equity, or beyond give this a listen.

Julia1134 ,

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.

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