COVID-19 update

Due to the ongoing and additional COVID-19 restrictions now in place for the rest of the semester and into the summer, the Texas Hispanic-Serving Institutions Consortium’s 2020 conference is postponed from May 21-22, 2020 until at least sometime during the Fall Semester 2020. As soon as we determine the rescheduled date, we will post it to the website.  Please check back later.

NSF-Funded Workshop INVITATION

Invitation to submit application to attend faculty development workshop at Lehman College/CUNY — Workshop stipend provided

Dear Colleague:

I am reaching out to you because you either teach or work as an administrator at a Hispanic-Serving Institution [HSI]/minority-serving institution and/or you are the PI on an NSF grant focused on STEM education at HSIs/minority serving institutions.  Thank you for your commitment to these students!

I am writing to invite you to apply to attend an NSF-funded workshop that will train faculty in best practices for quantitative reasoning instruction.   The workshop is designed to show faculty how to infuse data analysis into their course instruction and our training focuses largely on showcasing a survey research activity that makes use of Google forms and spreadsheets.  We welcome faculty from a wide range of disciplines such as sociology, psychology, history, education, health sciences, journalism, as well as more traditional STEM fields.  Attendees must come from a minority-serving institution (such as an HSI or HBCU).  I have attached a flyer that provides more details about the workshop.  If this workshop doesn’t seem appropriate to you, might you kindly forward this message to your colleagues in other departments/schools,, such as the ones I’ve indicated above?  If so, I would be very grateful!

This year’s two-day workshop will be held on June 29th to June 30th at Lehman College, in the Bronx, in NYC (each day is a full day).  We will welcome 20 guests to each annual 2-day workshop.  We will be holding 3 additional workshops in the years ahead, so if someone might be interested in coming, but cannot attend this year, they are still encouraged to complete our questionnaire (depending on response, we may also invite some faculty to come in future years).  We provide a stipend of $500 for local attendees and $1,000 for those traveling a long distance (greater than 60 miles).  Breakfast and lunch will be provided at the workshop.

We require teams of at least two people to come from each institution (they could both be faculty, but it would also be acceptable to have a faculty member and an administrator).  Each interested party must complete a questionnaire.  Our goal is for those who attend our training program to return home and serve as leaders on their home campus for this hands-approach approach to teaching quantitative reasoning skills!

As noted on the attached flyer, we ask interested faculty/administrators to please compete our questionnaire by March 31, 2020.   The questionnaire link is here:

You may learn more about our project here, which we call DARE (Data Analysis Research Experience) for shorthand:

Thank you for taking the time to read this email!  Again, if you are not interested but might be able to share it with potential colleagues who you think would be appropriate, I would be grateful.  You are also welcome to share this email with other colleagues at HSIs/minority-serving institutions.

Kind regards,

Esther. on behalf of the DARE project.

USDA Announces Fellowships to Develop the Next Generation of Agriculture

United States Department of Agriculture
USDA Office of Communications

USDA Announces Fellowships to Develop the Next Generation of Agriculture

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement (OPPE) today announced fellowship opportunities to connect USDA resources with faculty and staff at Hispanic Serving Institutions, 1994 Tribal Colleges and Universities, and 1890 Land-Grant Universities.

“We are excited to build upon the more than 20 years of success of the E. Kika De La Garza Fellowship Program to offer additional opportunities to empower faculty and staff from our partner institutions to holistically develop the next generation of agriculture,” said OPPE Director Mike Beatty.

The purpose of these fellowships is to connect participants to USDA and other federal resources while focusing on student development. Fellows will receive access to long-term collaboration opportunities, and then share what they learned with students and colleagues at their home institutions.

The E. Kika De La Garza Fellowship Program is designed for faculty or staff at a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) or Hispanic-Serving School District. HSIs are accredited colleges and universities with at least 25 percent Hispanic student enrollment. Currently, there are more than 500 HSIs in 21 states and Puerto Rico, serving more than 2 million students. See the 2020 the E. Kika De La Garza Fellowship Program application (PDF, 1.2 MB) for details.

The Terra Preta do Indio Tribal Fellowship is designed for faculty and staff from 1994 Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) and Secondary Education Superintendents, Principals, Agricultural and/or District Level Teachers working for Bureau of Indian Education designated high schools. See the Terra Preta do Indio Tribal Fellowship application (PDF, 257 KB) for details.

The Booker T. Washington Fellowship is aimed at faculty and staff at an accredited 1890 Land-Grant University and Secondary Education Superintendents, Principals, Agricultural and/or District Level Teachers working for an 1890 Land-Grant University feeder high school. See the 2020 Booker T. Washington Fellowship application (PDF, 349 KB) for details.

Each program offers opportunities for Education Fellows and Science Fellows. Education Fellows participate in a week-long program in Washington, D.C. scheduled to start June 15 and end on June 19, 2020. Science Fellows participate in a two-week program, consisting of one week in Washington, D.C. and a second week at a USDA research location, ending on June 26, 2020.

The application deadline for all fellowship opportunities is 11:59 p.m. on February 12, 2020.

About the USDA Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement

USDA’s Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement develops and maintains partnerships focused on solutions to challenges facing rural and underserved communities in the United States, and connects those communities to the education, tools, and resources available to them through U.S. Department of Agriculture programs and initiatives.


  • Here is a new public-facing FPAC link with career information for students.  It includes more information on the various occupations and some general qualifications criteria
  • Students/Applicants are encouraged to apply early in the announcement period, as our HR folks will impose applicant cut offs based on the volume of applications.
  • Pathways Program:
  • Below is a schedule with the anticipated dates and type of job announcements by FPAC Agency.  As always, all job announcements will be posted on, and in most cases, will be open for approximately a 5-day period. 
                        Announcement DateNRCS-Type of Pathways Announcement
Oct. 13thPathways-Career Interns All 0499 positions-Agriculture/Natural Resources/Biological Sciences(Range Science, Ag Science/Biology, Soil Science, Agronomy Wildlife Biology, Forestry, Environment Science & Other Related Ag & Natural Resource Majors)
Oct. 14thPathways-Career Interns All 0899 positions (Engineering-Civil, Agriculture and/Environmental)
Oct. 15thPathways-Career Interns All other disciplines 1399/1099/0199/0399 Physical Sciences- (Hydrology, Cartography, Geology)Information & Arts- (Public Affairs)Social Sciences- (Archeology, Economists)Administrative- (Management Analyst, Clerical)
Oct. 19thRecent Graduate positions (Variety of Above)*Another round of Recent Graduate job announcements in March 2021
DateFSA/RMA/Business Center- Type of Pathways Announcement
Oct. 13thPathways-Career Interns All Pathways Career Internships PositionsFSA-Business & Industry-Ag Loan Specialists and Administrative-Clerical (Ex. Business, Marketing, Finance, Accounting, Contracting)RMA-Compliance Investigator & Risk Mgt Specialists (Ex-Business, Finance, Accounting, Statistics)
Oct. 19thRecent Graduate Positions—Same Type of Positions as Oct. 13th
Notes: All job announcements will be on  All applicants must apply on All job announcements will be open for 5 business days or until closed by applicant cut offs.