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The Making of an Intentional HSI: Cabrillo College


From the episode:

"It took a lot of efforts for many people and units on campus right, that were really really invested in bringing ethnic studies to the campus. So there have been classes that have been offered for years now, in ethnic studies. But there was a lot of intention and efforts into actually creating a department and bringing this ethnic studies department on campus, which is what I've been working on this last year. Like developing curriculum and all of the things that need to happen, so we can officially be in a department soon".

Alicia Bencomo Garcia (she/her)

Faculty, Cabrillo College

Episode description

This multi-guest episode of ¿Qué pasa, HSIs? is full of knowledge sharing. I had the opportunity to talk to 5 members of Cabrillo College’s HSI Task Force, who shared their journey to making an intentional HSI. They talk about the accomplishments of their HSI Task Force, share tips for gaining support on campus for HSI efforts, and talk about the secret sauce to servingness work, which includes grassroots leadership and support from positional leaders including the president and trustees. We also learn about the historic moments along Cabrillo College’s path to becoming an HSI. Ann Endris, Title V HSI Director at Cabrillo College and former associate faculty member is joined by Cabrillo College alum Dr. Blanca Baltazar-Sabbah who shares much of the historical aspects of Cabrillo’s HSI identity. Dr. Alicia Bencomo Garcia, a tenure-track instructor of Ethnic Studies at Cabrillo, and Serina Eichelberger, a social justice focused educational leader and Title III HSI STEM Project Director at Cabrillo share information about Cabrillo’s current efforts to embrace an HSI identity. President Matt Wetstein rounds out the group in this episode, sharing a president’s perspective on the process of becoming an intentional HSI.

APA citation

Garcia, G.A. (Host). (2023, November 5). The Making of an Intentional HSI: Cabrillo College. (No.309) [Audio podcast episode]. In ¿Qué pasa, HSIs?.

Show notes

Cabrillo College HSI Task Force Report


Cabrillo College HSI website


Cuellar, M. G., Garcia, G. A., Nuñez Martinez, M., & Bencomo Garcia, A. (2023). Building capacity for equity and servingness across California’s Hispanic-serving community colleges. USC Race and Equity Center.


Delayed name change at Cabrillo College


Title V Transfer Pathways


Title V Abriendo El Camino



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