Featured Topic Institutes

2018 Featured Topic Institutes

  • Data Institute

  • HSI 101: What it means to be a Hispanic Serving Institution

  • Grantsmanship Institute

  • Project Management Institute

  • Student Leadership Institute (content is designed for student attendees)


AHSIE is pleased to announce various Featured Topic Institutes as part of the 10th Annual Best Practices Conference at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  AHSIE Institutes have been developed to provide fundamental and critical information for each topic area.  

These Featured Topic Institutes are open to all conference participants at no additional cost, but seating is limited to 80 attendees per institute.  Pre-registration is required*.


Data Institute (NEW!)

What does it mean to be a “data-driven program” or to make “data-driven decisions,” really? What data should be tracked and for what purpose? What does it mean to “interrogate the data?”  What are the systems and best practices for tracking this information? Who has the data I’m looking for? This institute is designed for staff, faculty, and administrators interested in learning how to effectively set up systems for collecting and utilizing data to improve and measure program impacts.

The workshop will explore the data available via typical institutional research offices at the community college, primary undergraduate institution and research university levels. It will also explore the data available in state and national repositories I.e. State departments of education, U.S. Census, Health Data e.g. American Health Rankings and US Health & Human Services, IPEDS, PEW Charitable Trusts, Equity & Mobility Projects e.g. Equality of Opportunity Project and The Education Trust. The institute will also review methods for collecting individual level data via surveys and focus groups and the commonly used tools to collect such information i.e. Survey Monkey.  

Council Leads:
Dr. Jeannie Kim-Han, Special Assistant for Presidential Projects & Initiatives, CSU Dominguez Hills
Dr. Mayra Padilla, Dean of Institutional Effectiveness & Equity, Contra Costa College
Ms. Anita N. Bringas, Institutional Researcher, University of New Mexico – Taos

Confirmed Co-Facilitator:
Dr. Gina Johnson, Assistant Executive Director for Partnerships & Membership, Association for Institutional Research


HSI 101: What it means to be a Hispanic Serving Institution

Is your institution a new or emerging Hispanic Serving Institution? Are you new to an existing HSI, but been wondering why HSIs are different than other institutions of higher learning? Do you want to teach others at your institution about the importance of being an HSI?

This workshop is designed for staff, faculty, academic advisors, and administrators who want a firm grounding in everything HSI. This highly interactive workshop will guide participants through the history and current political and cultural context of HSIs, and introduce participants to the growing body of evidence that proves HSIs are essential players in improving Latinx higher education outcomes. Participants will receive and get in-depth training on two tools they can take back to their campus: (1) a Rubric of Best Practice in HSIs that helps to rate aspects of institution’s culture, and plan ways to improve their “HSI-ness,” and (2) an Equity Analysis that helps participants use their own institutional, departmental or course/class data (depending on their role on campus) that helps to elucidate how Latinx students  are performing in relation to their peers. Participants need to bring a laptop or tablet in order to access and use the resources for this Institute. 

Council Leads:
Dr. Melissa Salazar, Math Faculty/Faculty Professional Development, University of New Mexico – Taos
Ms. Anita N. Bringas, Institutional Researcher, University of New Mexico – Taos
Mr. David Trujillo, Trujillo & Associates, AHSIE Co-Founder


Grantsmanship Institute

The HSI Grantsmanship Institute is an opportunity to explore grant-seeking strategies that will optimize your effectiveness as a HSI proposal writer, and to identify funding opportunities where your HSI/MSI status improves your ability to compete for grants.   

The Institute will focus on several topics, including:  

  • HSI Status and Strategic Grantsmanship  
  • The Funding Matrix – U.S. Dept of Ed Title V, Title III Part F, PPOHA, NSF HSI Funding, USDA HSI Program 
  • Elements of a successful proposal 
  • Building an application that will actually work once funded 

The Institute will provide interactive, hands-on training for participants, with an emphasis on overcoming barriers and improving outcomes for the participants.

Who Should Attend:  Grants-writing professionals and academic leaders interested in maximizing the effect HSI-specific and other funding can have on your institution. 

Facilitation team: The Institute’s facilitation team will include several HSI grants-seeking professionals with successful experience at developing and writing funded applications, and with skills in leading proposal development teams.

Council Leads:
Mr. David Trujillo, Trujillo & Associates, AHSIE Co-Founder
Dr. Jeannie Kim-Han, Special Assistant for Presidential Projects & Initiatives, CSU Dominguez Hills

Confirmed Co-Facilitator:
Ms. Caroline VanIngen-Dunn, Director, Community College STEM Pathways, Science Foundation Arizona


Project Management Institute

The Project Management Institute will provide a facilitated forum for effective HSI (Title V and Title III Part F) grant management to both new and experienced project directors and staff.  Participants will:

  1. Learn about Uniform Guidance and Cost Principles and explore EDGAR, OMB Circulars, and non-regulatory policies to assure that your grant objectives are executed in compliance with applicable laws, regulations and program requirements.
  2. Understand the need for Internal Controls and how to improve your system.
  3. Learn best practices in financial management that will prepare you for an internal audit.
  4. Understand the role of the various grant evaluation and assessment activities and why you should relate your grant outcomes to measures of institutional effectiveness.
  5. Develop effective project implementation strategies to assure stakeholder buy-in, greater impact, sustainability, and institutionalization.

The Facilitation Team includes experienced, current Title V and Title III Part F project directors from a range of grantee institutions.  

Council Leads:
Dr. Mayra Padilla, Dean of Institutional Effectiveness & Equity, Contra Costa College
Dr. Barbara Knotts, Director of Creative Multimedia & Project Tenaces, Title III-Part F, San Antonio College
Mr. Robert Gutierrez, Director of Metas, Program, San Jose City College


Student Leadership Institute

The AHSIE Student Leadership Institute is designed to empower students with a strong foundational set of academic, leadership, career, and life skills. This interactive and high-energy institute will keep participants engaged via small and large group activities.  The Institute will consist of three separate modules designed to develop students’ cognitive understanding of their implicit personal skills and how to successfully apply these skills in a variety of settings: 

Module 1: Identifying one’s communication preference and how it impacts self and others.
Module 2:  Identifying and strengthening one’s leadership style.
Module 3: Identifying gaps and strengths in working with diverse populations by becoming aware of one’s current place in the cultural competence continuum; exploring ways to move forward and gaining knowledge on how to advance student leaders on campus. 

Who Should Attend: 

  • All undergraduate and graduate students. 
  • Students seeking to gain a deeper understanding of the internal strengths they possess. 
  • Students motivated to become agents of change on their campuses and within local community. 
  • Students who want to network with other students from across the country. 

Facilitation Team:
The planning and delivery of this program will be guided by higher education staff and faculty with extensive experience in creating innovative and engaging learning environments for students.  

Council Leads:
Dr. Daniel Loera, Director of Multicultural Affairs, University of La Verne
Dr. Lorena Claeys, Executive Director & Research Associate, The University of Texas at San Antonio, College of Education and Human Development, Academy for Teacher Excellence

*During the conference registration process, you can reserve your space at one of the institutes. Space will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Once an institute reaches capacity, no other registrations can be accepted, and you will be prompted to make another selection.  No wait lists will be accepted.