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About CAHSI

About CAHSI

The Computing Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (CAHSI) was formed in 2004 as a grassroots effort to increase the number of Hispanic students who pursue and complete baccalaureate and advanced degrees in the Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering (CISE) areas.

Core Purpose

The core purpose of CAHSI is to create a unified voice in an effort to consolidate the strengths, resources, and concerns of CAHSI institutions that are committed to increase the number of Hispanics who pursue and complete baccalaureate and advanced degrees in computing areas. The core purpose provides the fundamental reason for the Alliance’s existence while guiding and inspiring the organization. By working as a focused, unified group, CAHSI efforts have been deliberate and effective. CAHSI’s organization, intervention efforts, and data reported in this proposal confirm this statement.

Goals

  • To increase the number of Hispanic students who enter the professoriate in computing areas, or enter the computing workforce with advanced degrees.
  • To support the retention and advancement of Hispanic students and faculty in computing areas
  • To develop and sustain competitive academic and research programs at HSIs.

Structure

Structure

CAHSI is composed of Hispanic serving institutions. The founding institutions are as follows: California State University-Dominguez Hills (CSU-DH), Florida International University (FIU), New Mexico State University (NMSU), Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (TAMU-CC), University of Houston-Downtown (UHD), University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez (UPRM), and the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). CAHSI is committed to establishing a unified effort to recruit, retain, and advance Hispanics in computing. CAHSI member institutions work together to implement interventions and initiatives, document their work, and disseminate beyond CAHSI. External evaluators provide direction to CAHSI through evaluation and assessment of the efforts. This along with the Advisory Board’s annual review results in continuous quality improvement. An Executive Council oversees the decisions and collaborations with external groups. The Social Science Network informs CAHSI of social science research. The evaluation of CAHSI initiatives contributes to the social science literature and understanding of the factors that affect the recruitment, retention, and advancement of Hispanic students and faculty in computing


Internat Structure

Members

Members

Institutional Membership

We invite you to join CAHSI in its efforts to recruit, retain, and advance Hispanics in computing. A Consortium Agreement, presented as a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), is required for members. Please review the membership options listed below to help you identify the best option for you.

  • Charter - institutions or organizations that commit to CAHSI’s core purpose, adopt effective practices, provide training, and document the impact of practices. The MOU must include signatures from the institution’s or organization’s leadership (e.g., President, Chancellor, or Director).
  • Associate – institutions or organizations that commit to CAHSI’s core purpose, adopt or support effective practices, track the impact, and participate in training (optional for organizations). The dean and chair, or upper management must sign the MOU.
  • Affiliate – institutions and organizations that support CAHSI’s core purpose and contribute to CAHSI efforts. The MOU must include the signature of a chair or manager.

To view the list of partners, click here.

Charter Members

California State University, Dominguez Hills, Mohsen Beheshti
Florida International University, Malek Adjouadi
New Mexico State University, Enrico Pontelli
University of Houston, Downtown, Marcelo Sztainberg
Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, Ahmed Mahdy
University of Houston, Downtown, Dvijesh Shastri
University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, Nestor Rodriguez
University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, Nayda Santiago
University of Texas at El Paso, Ann Q. Gates

Associate Members

California State University, San Marcos, Rocio Guillen
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Andres Figueroa

Affiliates

California State University, San Marcos
Doña Ana Community College
El Paso Community College
Los Angeles Southwest College
Merced College
University of California - Merced
University of Puerto Rico - Arecibo
University of Puerto Rico - Rio Piedras
University of Puerto Rico - Polytechnic

AccessComputing
Computer Science Collaborative Project
CMD-IT
Excelencia in Education
GEM Consortium
Google
Great Minds in STEM
Lockheed Martin
MentorNet
NCWIT
Prudential


For information on how to become a member please contact: Claudia Casas (ccasas@utep.edu), CAHSI Program Manager.

Partners

Partners

Access Computing supports students with disabilities from across the country in reaching critical junctures toward college and careers by providing advice, resources, mentoring opportunities, professional contacts, and funding for tutoring, internships, and computing conferences. Access Computing is collaborating with CAHSI to disseminate the Affinity Research Group model.



The Computer Science Collaboration Project uses the most successful elements of the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) to connect the various alliances and K-12 outreach organizations that are part of the Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) community, specifically focusing on outreach to and collaboration with persons with disabilities, African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, and women.



CMD-IT is the national Center for Minorities and People with Disabilities in Information Technology that is focused on the following under-represented groups: African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics, Pacific Islanders, and People with Disabilities. The center is comprised of corporations, academic institutions, government agencies, and non-profits. CMD-IT collaborates with CAHSI to disseminate the Affinity Research Group model.



GEM is a network of leading corporations, government laboratories, top universities, and top research institutions that enables qualified students from underrepresented communities to pursue graduate education in applied science and engineering.



Latinas in Computing (LiC) is a community created by and for the Latinas in computing with a mission of promoting their representation and success in computing-related fields. LiC and CAHSI collaborate together in efforts for the advancement of female Hispanics in computing through different events and activities.In coordination with Latinas in Computing and the CRA Computer Diversity Committee (CDC) with feedback from the Computing Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (CAHSI), the CDC published the Latinas in Computing! booklet that presents successful Latinas in computing.



Since 1997, MentorNet has paired more than 32,000 STEM student protégés with professionals working in STEM fields in effective mentorships. MentorNet’s evidence-based program encourages students’ persistence in their degree programs. MentorNet protégés are successful and diverse: 92% of MentorNet protégés graduate with a STEM degree and 78% are women or under-represented minorities.



NCWIT works to correct the imbalance of gender diversity in technology and computing because gender diversity positively correlates with a larger workforce, better innovation, and increased business performance. Increasing the number of women in technology and computing also has the potential to improve the design of products and services to better serve a more diverse population, and increase economic and social well-being by providing more women with stable and lucrative careers.




The goal of the Young Women in Computing (YWiC) program is to gain the interest of young women in the various fields of computer science. YWiC also works with teachers, counselors, and education administrators to specialize a workshop in almost any environment, focused on computing, technology, and how the discipline is a foundation for future advancements in any field!




Since 2012, CAHSI established a formal partnership with SACNAS, a society of scientists dedicated to advancing Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in science and now computing areas. As a national nonprofit organization of individuals and organizations, its interests are in quality STEM research, teaching, leadership, and policy. The mission of SACNAS is to foster success of Hispanic/Chicano and Native Americans scientists – from college students to professionals to attain advanced program, careers, and positions of leadership in science.



Evaluation

Evaluation

The CAHSI evaluation assesses the degree to which the Alliance’s interventions are individually successful in their goals of recruiting, retaining, and advancing students in CS and CS research careers. The purpose of the evaluation is five-fold: to inform the ongoing work of the Alliance so that year-to-year improvements can be made and to support the development of model programs for adoption by other higher education institutions; to determine the extent to which the short and long-term goals of the Alliance’s four main interventions have been achieved; to establish short- and long-term tracking of student outcomes (completion of CS undergraduate and graduate degrees, commitment to research careers);to provide an evaluation model which can be used by other institutions who adopt these interventions in the future; and to provide information that supports the success of the Alliance as a partnership.

For the latest CAHSI Evaluation report, please go to About > Reports


ATLAS Institute Assessment and Research Center

Dr. Heather Thiry
Research Associate
Golden Evaluation & Policy Research
1911 Sage Drive Golden CO, 80401
Phone: (720) 480-0299
E-mail: Heather.Thiry@colorado.edu
Dr. Sarah Hug
Research Associate
Golden Evaluation & Policy Research
1911 Sage Drive Golden CO, 80401
Phone: (720) 480-0299
E-mail: Sarah.Hug@colorado.edu

Reports

Reports Evaluation Annual Meeting Proceedings Summary Document
2015
2013
2011
2010
2009

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CAHSI Core Purpose

The core purpose of CAHSI is to create a unified voice in an effort to consolidate the strengths, resources, and concerns of CAHSI institutions that are committed to increase the number of Hispanics who pursue and complete baccalaureate and advanced degrees in computing areas. The core purpose provides the fundamental reason for the Alliance’s existence while guiding and inspiring the organization. By working as a focused, unified group, CAHSI efforts have been deliberate and effective. CAHSI’s organization, intervention efforts, and data reported in this proposal confirm this statement.

Although CAHSI’s focus is on Hispanic students and faculty, CAHSI is inclusive and our infrastructure and programs impact a broader community. Our programs reach students, faculty and administrators primarily at undergraduate and graduate levels with additional programs that target community college and K-12.

CAHSI Goals

  • To increase the number of students who enter the computing workforce with advanced degrees.
  • To support the retention and advancement of Hispanics in computing.
  • To develop and sustain competitive academic and research programs.

Joining CAHSI requires a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Please review the membership options listed below to help you identify the best option for you.

Institutional Membership

  • Charter - institutions who commit to our core purpose, adopt best practices, have training capabilities, have documented proven impact, and have signed the “Consortium Agreement” with signatures from the President/Chancellor and below
  • Associate – institutions that are committed to our core purpose, are adopting best practices initiatives, are tracking the impact, and are involved in training through an MOU with the chair and dean
  • Affiliate – institutions and organizations that support our core purpose and contribute to CAHSI through an MOU.

Individual Members

Become affiliated with CAHSI by supporting our core purpose and by becoming any of the following:

  • Adopter of CAHSI best practices
  • Trainer
  • Advocate/ambassador
  • Benefactor

For more information please contact: Claudia Casas (ccasas@utep.edu), CAHSI Program Manager.