Upcoming Events

HSI Faculty Development Workshop

February 24, March 31, 202012:00-11:00 PM
Lehman College/CUNY

Apply by March 31, 2020, to attend an NSF-funded workshop that will train faculty in best practices for quantitative reasoning instruction! 

Download a flyer that provides more details about the workshop here.

Project's goal is for those who attend the training program to return home and serve as leaders on their home campus for this hands-on approach to teaching quantitative reasoning skills!

  • Workshop is designed to show faculty how to infuse data analysis into their course instruction and their training focuses largely on showcasing a survey research activity that makes use of Google forms and spreadsheets.
  • Faculty is welcomed from a wide range of disciplines, such as sociology, psychology, history, education, health sciences, journalism, as well as more traditional STEM fields. 
  • Attendees must come from a minority-serving institution (such as an HSI or HBCU).
  • Workshop will be held on June 29th to June 30th at Lehman College, in the Bronx, in NYC (each day is a full day).
  • Teams of at least two people are required to come from each institution (they could both be faculty, but it would also be acceptable to have a faculty member and an administrator). 
  • Twenty guests will be welcomed to each workshop so apply ASAP.
  • Project will be holding three additional workshops in the years ahead, so if someone might be interested in coming, but cannot attend this year, they are still encouraged to complete their questionnaire. Also, depending on response, some faculty may be invited to come in future years. 
  • A stipend of $500 for local attendees and $1,000 for those traveling a long distance (greater than 60 miles) will be provided as well as breakfast and lunch.
  • Each interested party must complete a questionnaire
Interested faculty/administrators need to complete questionnaire by March 31, 2020.
The questionnaire link is here:
Learn more about their project here, which they call DARE (Data Analysis Research Experience):
For those that this workshop doesn’t seem appropriate too, kindly forward this message to your colleagues in other departments/schools, such as the ones indicated above.
Workshop is provided by the Faculty Development and Student Engagement in Data Analysis (FDSEDA) Project: Building Capacity in Numeracy among Underrepresented Students. 
For more information, please contact the Principal Investigators (PIs) on this project:
Esther Isabelle Wilder
Sociology, Lehman College
Eduardo Vianna
Social Sciences, LaGuardia Community College
Dahlia Remler
Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, Baruch College

Culturally Responsive Instruction in HSIs: Specific Instructional Strategies that Work

Thursday , April 02, 2020 01:00-02:00 PM

In this webinar, Dr. Melissa L. Salazar, CEO of ESCALA Educational Services, will familiarize faculty and administrators with the concept of culturally responsive instruction as applied to the specific context of Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs). Dr. Salazar will draw on her organization’s work with more than 300 HSI faculty and staff over the past 7 years to show how culturally responsive instruction can close achievement gaps for Latinx students. Dr. Salazar will outline the principles that underlie culturally responsive instruction, and use these principles to explain why certain instructional strategies are more important than others in HSIs.  Dr. Salazar will also provide attending faculty with a student survey tool that can help faculty hone in on what students need, and help them to create a learning environment that is both academically rigorous and culturally balanced. The seminar will provide concrete examples of how STEM faculty in ESCALA’s programs have used results of their student surveys to adapt their course to be more culturally responsive. Additionally, Dr. Elena Ortiz, Biology faculty from Phoenix College will share how she has implemented an ESCALA-based practice and the impacts to her classroom. Bobby Alvarado, Welding Instructor from Arizona Western College (AWC), will present practices he uses at AWC to help his students feel welcome, respectful of each other's culture and backgrounds, engaged with STEM, and/or prepared for the cultures they may encounter as they transition to the workforce.  


BIO: Melissa L. Salazar

(PhD Science Education, University of California-Davis, BS Chemistry UC Berkeley).  Dr. Salazar has over 25 years of experience in the field of STEM education as both a K-12 and two and four year college instructor. In 2013 she launched ESCALA Educational Services, a professional development company based in the U.S. Southwest, in order to address the lack of instructional support for higher education faculty who work with Latinx college students. ESCALA is the premier provider of professional development for staff and faculty in Hispanic Serving Institutions, a rapidly growing sector of higher education that enrolls more than 65% of all Latinx college students in the U.S.


BIO: Elena Ortiz

(PhD in Plant Biology from Arizona State University, MS in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras, BA in Biology from University of California at Santa Cruz). Dr. Elena Ortiz has been involved in improving environmental education in the Phoenix area for the last 16 years. She is a faculty member at Phoenix College in the Biosciences Department where she teaches environmental biology and general biology for non-majors. Dr. Ortiz is also a Co-PI on two NSF grants #DUE-1742060 and #HRD-1832543.


BIO:  Noberto “Bobby” Alvarado

(Bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University in Industrial Technology Management)

Bobby Alvarado is the full-time welding professor for the past three years at Arizona Western College. In addition to teaching the majority of the welding courses, he runs the welding program and collaborates with the local community on any projects that they need assistance with. Bobby is also the Welding Team Lead on NSF grant #DUE-1902599, Impact of System-Wide Contextualization of Math in Rural Arizona Colleges on Producing More Qualified Technicians.

Register here!

Tips and Tricks: Step by Step NSF ATE Proposal Forms Preparation

Thursday , May 07, 2020 01:00-02:30 PM
Online-Luka Partners Webinar Host

This webinar focuses on the various forms associated with NSF ATE grant proposals.  Forms can make up 2/3 of a final proposal submission and impact the quality and accuracy of a proposal.

The webinar will cover

  • the purpose of various forms associated with NSF ATE proposals

  • what data to enter into each form associated with NSF ATE proposal

  • the importance of providing consistent information on forms and other components of a proposal

  • common errors that can be avoided

Register here!

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