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HSI Leadership Network- BiAnnual Virtual Symposium


On behalf of the Hispanic Serving Institutional- Leadership Network (HSI-LN), we are excited to share with you the 3rd Free HSI-LN Bi-Annual Symposium “Cultivando Con Cariño,” featuring keynote speaker, Dr. Gina Garcia, Associate Professor for Pittsburg University’s Department of Educational Foundations, Organizations, and Policy on Friday, April 29th from 9:00 am-12:40 pm.

The Conference will offer sessions on the following topics:

  • Transforming Hispanic Serving Institutions
  • Hiring Faculty of Color
  • Serving Undocumented Students
  • Working with Indigenous Mexican Students
  • First Gen Experiences Student Panel
  • Funds of Knowledge

Registration for this event is free of cost. HSI leaders, administrators, classified professionals, faculty, and students are encouraged to attend. The deadline to register is Friday, April 22nd

Follow this link to Register:

Check out the programs from the Spring 2021 Symposium and  Fall 2022 Symposium to see some of the fantastic sessions that were offered.

Call for Proposals!


This message is sent on behalf of Aaron Solorio and Emmanuel Lopez, Co-Chairs of the We the Future Social Justice Conference Committee at Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC).  

We invite you to join us on April 29th at 9:00AM for SRJC Petaluma’s 5th annual social justice conference. 

PROPOSAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE: FRIDAY, APRIL 8TH! Santa Rosa Junior College and North Bay Organizing Project (NBOP) invite proposals for workshops, presentations, panels, and performances for our 5th annual We the Future Social Justice Conference, which will be held virtually on Friday April 29, 2022, via Zoom.     

Exploring the intersections of community and organizing in the broadest sense, we welcome interactive sessions that incorporate themes of Sowing JusticeCultivating Community and/ or Harvesting Power!

We invite and encourage you to submit proposals that address these themes from across disciplinary and theoretical frameworks. In these past years, many communities have been impacted in more ways than one. Communities at large have needed to survive the ongoing changes of a global pandemic in the workplace, academia, or in the community. While many strive for safety during a pandemic, others are facing additional factors in maintaining their safety. Some topics can include, but are not limited to: 

·         Consideration of the state of police violence, families that are facing housing insecurities, immigration policies and family separation.  

·         Incarcerated people are left to fend for their own amid COVID outbreaks.  

·         Youth are dealing with mental health battles during a time of an unprecedented future. 

·         Reclaiming ancestral practices 

·         Getting involved in the community and on campus

The sessions are intended to be for transitional age students (16-24 yrs.), so high school students have traditionally attended in high numbers, but it’s also a diverse mix of community members of all ages and backgrounds, all with a shared interest of advancing social justice. We especially appreciate submissions that are interactive, student-centered, and activity/action-oriented in their approach.  Here’s the LINK to submit a proposal.

Session 1: 10:45am – 11:45am

Session 2: 12:00pm – 1:00pm

For questions, contact Aaron Solorio at, or Emmanuel Lopez at 


We are BACK and proud to announce the launch of our 2022 COLEGAS Webinar Series on Thursday, March 24th, 2022 from 2-4 p.m. focused on Hiring Practices.

In this session we will:·

Hear from experts Dr. Buul & Dr. Martinez share info for colleges to adopt that lead to hiring outcomes which reflect our student demographics

· Discuss our COLEGAS Program, “La Escalera” which provides just in time coaching in the application, interview & salary negotiations processes

· Hear testimonials from Dean Kelly A. Fletes of La Escalera re: the experiences of going through the hiring process with race conscious coaching

· Listen to VP Betancourt Lopez share the Dr. J. Luke Wood approach of Cluster Hires Tenure-track Faculty to Support Black & Brown Students

What does “Estamos Aqui” mean? It means, “We are Here” and beyond the literal translation, it means “We are claiming our space” the art we selected and partnered with Emilia Cruz to share conveys the message, “We are here, we are sacred, recognize us, value us”

Please join us for practical information that you can apply and for inspiration, motivation and the “ganas” it takes to implement changes that move us beyond the status quo and towards what our students need in our hiring practices.

You don’t want to miss it! Register once to access all webinars in this series. Please share widely with your networks!

En comunidad, Your COLEGAS

CCC Virtual Latinx Mixer ~ Next Week!

Are you part of the CA Community College and want to network with other Colegas throughout the state or connect with someone in the North, South, Central region? Then this is the event to sign up for. Come meet someone new and learn about what other campuses are doing to connect Latinx Faculty and Staff through Employer Resources groups, through the HSI Leadership network, webinars, and other networking opportunities.

Registration Link

Just in case you missed Rick Najera’s Conversation with Dr. Cornel West last week, you can find the recording HERE.

Annual Membership Now Available!

Our membership portal is now open! To become one of the first “official” members you can:

Go to
Click on Become a Member in the top right corner
Select your payment level
Complete your PayPal steps (CLICK ONCE)
Click on “My Account” page click on “Subscription”

Once the process is complete, to see your name listed under COLEGAS Members: click on My Account, Profile Details and check off the box “show my profile” -and you’re all set!

If I can help you in any way, please let me know:

Stay safe,
-Michelle Batista
COLEGAS Communications Officer


The National Community College Hispanic Council presents…

Lessons in Leadership- Latina(o) Best Practices in Meeting the COVID19 Challenge

8/20/2020, 10 -11:15 AM PACIFIC TIME – Zoom Webinar Presentation

The NCCHC Board and staff are excited about this virtual series that will provide our members and administrators across the country with the leadership information for which NCCHC is known.  

Our first webinar will include presenters from Maricopa County Community College District, AZ, Bronx Community College of the City University of New York, NY, Dallas College, TX, and College of Southern Nevada, NV

Leadership development is a major issue across the nation in all sectors of our economy especially given the challenges presented by COVID 19. By addressing the on‐going issues facing so many of our up and coming Hispanic professionals, our series will aim to explore all aspects of adapting, re‐tooling and reorganizing operations and instruction on college campuses. We will also explore student specific challenges as our series topics progress as that too is a core mission of NCCHC. We advocate for Hispanic students, equal opportunity and accessibility in higher education, specifically at the community college level.

Registration is just $30 for members and $50 for non-members. Pre-registration is required and the deadline to hold your space is August 18, 2020.

Regsiter here:

NCCHC helps to provide the leadership which will be critical for us to meet the challenges we face during and after this pandemic. 


California community colleges are critical for Latinx student access, who represent more than 46% of its overall student population. The future economic vitality of our state is inextricably linked to the success of Latinx students and their opportunity to earn family sustaining wages. Supporting their continued success in pursuit of a higher education must remain a priority. This webinar series will include strategic conversations on the continued investments and targeted support needed for Latinx students, with specific attention to how research and policy can inform our practice and actions.

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