A group of us faculty and staff presented at the annual conference for the Alliance for Hispanic-Serving Institution Educators (AHSIE).
From the AHSIE Conference website:
“The Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institution Educators (AHSIE) exists to support the work of the nation’s Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) as they seek to provide quality, relevant educational opportunities to large and growing numbers of underserved populations, particularly Hispanic students.
The annual AHSIE conference provides members with opportunities to network and share their knowledge with other HSI members while learning how to effectively manage educational initiatives and maximize grant funding.”
Below are the various presentations that were offered by Vanguard’s team:
- Title- Responding to Changing Demographics through the Auspices of Supplemental Instruction
Authors- Tom Shirey, Phil Newlin and Montana Mellody
Track #1: Academic Student Support Programs
- Title: Measuring the Transition from Emerging to Serving: Creating Inclusive Models for Assessment
Authors: P Newlin, S Kane
Track: #3, Project Management, Institutionalization, and Data-Driven Evaluation
- Title: Designing a Repository of Resources to Develop More Culturally-Responsive Teaching
Authors- Sylvia Kane and Bonni Stachowiak
Track #5: Teaching and Excellence
- Title: Leveraging peer mentors to support writing students: Findings from an accelerated learning pilot program for first-year composition
Authors- Jennifer Russum, Melissa Zeid, and Tabitha Blessum
Track #4: Student Mentorship and Development
Here are reflections from a few of us who attended the AHSIE Conference on what we learned:
“The idea of micro decisions really stood out to me. Helping our students with the kinds of frequent, routine, recurring decisions to support them, particularly when they have limited good information on which to make the decision is crucial. I also liked the emphasis of having college-ready students alongside a student-ready college. There’s a lot we can do at Vanguard to become increasingly more student-ready.”
I took voracious notes throughout the conference, but am still making more sense of them and determining what information it might make sense to translate into action at Vanguard. Below are just a few of the resources that I will be exploring further to use in discerning what might have a positive impact on our students.
Decolonizing Hispanic-Serving Institutions: A Framework for Organizing – Gina Ann Garcia, 2018 – Dr. Garcia extensively researches HSIs. I found her work compelling and look forward to reading even more of what she has published.
Exploring College Students’ Identification with an Organizational Identity for Serving Latinx Students at a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and an Emerging HSI | American Journal of Education: Vol 124, No 2 – First naming where we are in this framework could help us identify gaps in our work in serving our hispanic and other historically marginalized populations.
What Does it Mean to be Latinx-serving? Testing the Utility of the Typology of HSI Organizational Identities | Garcia | Association of Mexican American Educators Journal – More on the topology for assessing where an institution is in serving our students.
What it Means, Politically, to Serve Hispanics – Tara Sirvent sent this over to those of us on the Title V Grant Core Team. It fit so well with the other resources I found as a result of the conference that I wanted to include it here.