HSI Fellows


The Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Fellows Program serves to strategically further the scope and depth of work around our HSI designation and provide a venue for community-building and career development for faculty and staff through a project-based leadership experience, mentoring and coaching, and a series of targeted workshops. As we seek to serve students from diverse backgrounds, particularly Hispanic undergraduate and graduate students, the HSI Fellows Program serves as one of many strategies for strengthening our institutional capacity and exceeding the federal criteria required to be a designated Hispanic Serving Institution.


To optimize the UA’s organizational identity as a HSI and enhance and diversify the University’s leadership capacity, the HSI Fellows Program will provide a project-based leadership opportunity for 10 thought and action leaders, including junior and mid-career faculty, academic and administrative heads, program directors, and individuals identified as emerging leaders. Faculty and staff from all backgrounds are invited to apply.


The aim and scope of the HSI Fellows’ involvement warrants a time commitment of 8-10 hours per week to fulfill project obligations and attend the entire meeting schedule. The Office of the Provost with the College Deans and Vice Presidents will work to ensure a cost-sharing arrangement for course release/buyout and workload reassignments.


The core activities of the HSI Fellows Program include: (1) participating in all pre-scheduled skill-building and leadership development workshops; and (2) leading a team-based HSI-related initiative.


Three teams consisting of 3-4 faculty and staff will lead a project from conception to launch to expand institutional capacity for supporting the HSI designation.
Project teams will provide the University with a plan of action for tackling one of the four broadly defined HSI-related opportunities listed below. Based on applicants’ expressed preferences, participants will be assigned to one team and will assume varying leadership roles to ensure effective project management.

  • Develop and facilitate capacity building activities in support of culturally responsive pedagogies and practices
  • Develop and facilitate a plan for intentionally partnering with regional 2-year HSIs to facilitate faculty and staff partnerships in support of transfer student success
  • Design/redesign curricular experiences with community partners to offer place-based experiential learning
  • Pitch a compelling case for a project of your own choosing that would significantly further our institutional capacity to actualize the HSI designation


Participants must attend all scheduled sessions in their entirety.

HSI Fellows Kickoff Dinner September 13, 2019 5:00-8:00pm 
Stories from Visionary Doers September 20, 2019 8:00-11:00am 
Design Thinking Principles & Project Management October 25, 2019 8:00-11:00am 
Convey Your Charge November 15, 2019 8:00-11:00am 
Rethinking Your Sphere of Influence: Influence in all Directions January 10, 2020 8:00-11:00am 
HSI Advocacy: The Power of a Story January 24, 2020 8:00-11:00am 
Risks & Rewards: Leaning into a New Authored Self February 7, 2020 8:00-11:00am 
Declaring the State of Our Work: Updates & Next Steps March 6, 2020 8:00-11:00am
Team Meetings Weekly/Bi-weekly Team Meetings
HSI Fellows’ Panel April 3, 2020 10:00-11:30am


DUE: March 15

Click here to complete the online application process, which will require you to upload the following documents:
1. PERSONAL STATEMENT (2 pages maximum)
Please prepare a statement that addresses the following questions:
   a. Why are you applying to participate in the HSI Fellows Program?
   b. What specific experiences, strengths, areas of expertise, and/or achievements make you a promising leader for advancing our work as a HSI?
   c. Clearly indicate your preferred HSI project and explain some of your preliminary thoughts and ideas regarding advancing work in this area. The foci of the projects are loosely described to allow the teams to further shape the work. Please indicate your second preference for a project should we need to compose work groups more evenly.
2. SHORT RESUME or CV (3 pages maximum)
Primary Letter (required): Your primary letter of recommendation must come from your direct supervisor and speak to your leadership and project management potential and commitment towards advancing institutional efforts related to diversity, inclusion, and equity. Supervisors must also address in their letter whether a course buy out or reassignment of duties is needed to offset the required time commitment of their faculty or staff.
Secondary Letter (optional): If you would like to submit a letter of support from someone other than your direct supervisor who could further speak to the requested components of the letter please feel free to include a secondary letter. This letter is in addition to the letter from your supervisor.
Please direct questions to Marla A. Franco, Associate Vice Provost, HSI Initiatives at marlafranco@email.arizona.edu