“[Consultants come in say I'm going to help you write the strategic plan, but you have no idea about what it means to have a large Latinx student population; how do you not even acknowledge that when you're trying to help us write the strategic plan and help us do what we need to do right, so I just was really disappointed.”
Dra. Maribel Jiménez
For the final episode of the inaugural season of ¿Qué pasa, HSIs? I talk to Dra. Maribel Jiménez about one of the most significant processes that all higher education institutions engaging in, the strategic planning process. Yet Maribel centers HSIs in her conversations about strategic planning while acknowledging that the process is mostly race-neutral and dominated by white ways of practicing higher education. She shares insight into making this process about Latinx students and HSIs, guided by the findings from her dissertation. As a practitioner and alumna of an HSI, Yakima Valley College, she also discusses her insights into effectively implementing servingness in practice while also being critical of dominant practices in higher education.
Flores, A. & Leal, D. R. (2020). Beyond enrollment and graduation: Examining strategic plans from Hispanic-Serving Institutions in Texas. Journal of Latinos and Education.