On behalf of the UCSC Hispanic Serving Institution Initiatives Team, it is my pleasure to announce the recruitment of the Director for the SEMILLA (Science Education & Mentorship in Latino Lives in Academia) Project. We are seeking equity-minded candidates to lead the SEMILLA project funded by the US Department of Education and based within the Division of Student Success. The SEMILLA project is integrated to the Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) Initiatives at UCSC and works collaboratively across the campus.
The purpose the SEMILLA project is to cultivate equity-minded reforms designed to challenge and overcome institutional barriers so that STEM-intended Latino and low-income students increase their rates of STEM transfer, persistence and degree attainment. STEM fields are among the most popular majors for all UCSC students, including Latino and low-income students, who arrive at UCSC as STEM-intended. As these students begin their STEM foundational coursework in mathematics, chemistry, biology and computer programming, we begin to see disparities in achievement for Latino and low-income students, which results in STEM attrition and fewer students declaring STEM majors. The SEMILLA project is designed to interrupt STEM attrition patterns and social reproduction rooted in both the under-preparation of students and the under-preparation of UCSC to serve Latino and low-income STEM students. The SEMILLA project will serve as focal point and catalyst for a comprehensive set of interventions guided through analysis of student outcomes and inquiry teams to address barriers both in and outside the classroom.
Interested candidates are encouraged apply to Job #1707058 by the initial review date April 18, 2017. Please share this announcement broadly.