The Southwest Conference on Transforming STEM Education in Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs)

November 18 - 20, 2017 | The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

The University of Arizona (UA), under award #1748526 from the National Science Foundation (NSF), proudly hosted a working conference that brought together over 100 stakeholders from 42 southwestern HSIs across AZ, CA, NM, NV and TX, to identify opportunities for transforming STEM education at HSIs.

Conference REPORT

Lozano, Guadalupe and Franco, Marla and Subbian, Vignesh, Transforming STEM Education in Hispanic Serving Institutions in the United States: A Consensus Report (April 12, 2018). Available at SSRN:

The University of Arizona's was one of the first four national conferences funded in 2017 to inform the design of NSF's HSI program, and one of the 11 national conferences funded over 2017-18 with this same goal. The STEM in HSI Working Group at UA is currently developing an agenda based on the recommendations of this report.

Conference FOCUS

  1. Enabling transitions from 2- to 4-year HSIs: gaps and opportunities for cross-institutional partnerships
  2. Charting the role of Research 1 (R1) HSIs in undergraduate STEM education: research as a pathway for college and career success
  3. Leveraging innovative and inclusive pedagogies and curricula: gaps and opportunities for new instructional initiatives
  4. Mapping HSI opportunities and challenges to recruitment, retention, and persistence: successful examples and potential new initiatives
  5. Meeting HSIs’ students where they are: the meaning and role of culturally-responsive STEM education at the college level.

Initial Collaborating HSIs & Conference Participants

Allan Hancock College

Antelope Valley College

Arizona State University

Arizona Western College

California Polytechnic University - San Luis Obispo

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

California State University Monterey Bay

California State University, Channel Islands

California State University, Dominguez Hills

California State University, Fresno

California State University, Los Angeles

California State University, Sacramento

Canada College

Central New Mexico Community College

Chabot College

College of Southern Nevada

El Camino College

Glendale Community College

Luna Community College

Maricopa Community College District

MiraCosta College

Mt. San Antonio College

Nevada State College

New Mexico State University

Northern Arizona University

Phoenix College

Pima Community College

San Diego City College

San Francisco State University

San Jose State University

Santa Ana College

Santa Barbara City College

Schreiner University

South Mountain Community College

Texas A&M University

Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Texas State University

The University of Arizona

The University of New Mexico

Truckee Meadows Community College

University of Arizona, South

University of California

University of Houston

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Texas at Arlington

University of Texas at El Paso

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Victor Valley College

National Instruments

Science Foundation Arizona

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No.1748526. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

CONTACT: STEM in HSI Working Group,