In recent years, CSI has implemented initiatives to help UCSB meet its Hispanic Serving Institution mission to improve educational outcomes for Chicano/Latino students. We have taken giant strides towards achieving this goal by conducting HSI workshops at which we collected data from Hispanic students regarding their desired outcomes of this designation. Utilizing students’ feedback, CSI developed a formal mentoring program for first generation ethnic minority undergraduate students, continues to provide a dedicated computer lab for graduate students to facilitate their research progress, expanded our CSI graduate student affiliates group to foster cross discipline discussions and peer review of student lead research, and provided an undergraduate student research lab for faculty and graduate students to work with undergraduate students on research, data collecting, transcription and analysis.
HSI Data Assessment

Graduate Students interested in contributing to our Hispanic Service Institution (HSI) mission by utilizing program assessment techniques are given research stipends and paired with Directors from the Educational Opportunity Program, Office of International Students and Scholars, Financial Aid Office, Counseling and Psychological Services, Women's Center, Undocumented Student Services and Student Academic Support. These teams determine a project for their unit, analyze existing data, collect and analyze new data, report on and publish their findings. (Click on title for more information)

CSI Graduate Affiliate

CSI Dissertation Awardees and past CSI Graduate Affiliate Awardees, the CSI Graduate Affiliates are provided valuable computer lab space and research equipment, peer writing review, proposal writing workshops, and funding leads.  Most importantly, the CSI Graduate Affiliates provide support to peers with the common goal of conducting research that aids in better understanding the most pressing issues pertaining to Chicanx and Latinx populations. (Click on title for more information)

Dissertation Presentation

CSI Dissertation Grant awardees are provided a platform to present their dissertation projects for presentation experience and valuable feedback from peers and faculty members.  (Click on title for more information)

Through our competitive Dissertation Research Grant program, grants of up to $3,000 are awarded to help support the dissertation expenses of doctoral students whose studies have the potential for adding to our understanding of the Latino experience in the United States.  (Click on title for more information)

New Heights Mentors

In response to student needs that surfaced in our undergraduate student workshops, we created the “New Heights Grad-Undergrad Mentoring Program.” In Spring quarter of 2017, six first-generation ethnic minority graduate students in the Education department and one Post Doctoral Scholar from the Center for Black Studies Research accepted the role of being a mentor to 47 first-generation Latino undergraduates who applied for the program. (Click on title to read more)