The Computing Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (CAHSI)

CAHSI is a networked community of students, faculty, administrators and other professionals committed to accelerating the achievements of Hispanics in computing. CAHSI is a national NSF INCLUDES Alliance that spans the U.S. and Puerto Rico. New Mexico State University is committed to increasing opportunities for Hispanic students who have an interest and passion for computing.

“The emphasis is on Hispanic students – as they are severely underrepresented in the field of computing– but we have learned quickly that once you start addressing the needs of a particular segment of the population you end up addressing the needs of every student,” said Dean Enrico Pontelli. “The fact that NMSU was among those selected for this program means we are the face of inclusion for NSF nationwide. And what’s amazing is these alliances are not just in computer science but in any NSF supported discipline.”

CAHSI supports student success by promoting:

  • Mentorships, Scholarships, Internships, and Fellowships
  • Technical and Professional Development Workshops
  • Academic and Professional Networks
  • Access to the annual Great Minds in STEM (GMiS) Conference and Activities

 

How to participate with CAHSI:

Students can access CAHSI resources in a number of ways:

  • Become a CAHSI Student Advocate at their campus. Student Advocates disseminate CAHSI news and opportunities on their campus, organize activities to involve students with CAHSI, and work to identify ways to connect incoming students to the field of computing.
  • Attend the CAHSI Summit co-located within the Great Minds in STEM Conference. This conference provides opportunities for students to connect with industry leaders, compete in hackathon and data analytics competitions, present their research in the poster competition, and meet students and faculty from across the U.S.
  • Visit the CAHSI website regularly to access an events calendar and online student resources.

 

CAHSI’s Beliefs

  • We Believe in preparing Hispanic students with the technical qualifications and real-world experiences to shape the future of computing.
  • We Believe in growing a geographically dispersed network of partners to achieve lasting results.
  • We Believe that inclusiveness must accompany diversity.

 

CAHSI’s Vision

By 2030, Hispanics will represent 20% or more of those who earn credentials in computing. CAHSI’s mission is to grow and sustain a networked community committed to recruiting, retaining, and accelerating the progress of Hispanics in computing.

 

CAHSI’s Common Goals

  • Challenge students’ knowledge so that they are positioned to thrive in the workforce;
  • Support pedagogical and professional growth for those who can impact Hispanics;
  • Expand meaningful partnerships that align with strategic regional and national efforts; and
  • Inform policy through evidence.

 

Background and Purpose

The Computing Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (CAHSI) was formed in 2004 as a grassroots effort to increase the number of Hispanic students who pursue and complete baccalaureate and advanced degrees in computing fields. The Alliance is continually informed and enhanced through social science research and reflection of proven and promising practices.

 

For questions or more information about CAHSI at NMSU, please contact:

Raena Cota, SW Connector for CAHSI

raenac@nmsu.edu, 575-646-6365

For questions or more information about S-STEM CAHSI scholarships at NMSU, please contact:

Adan Delval, S-STEM Program Manager

adande@nmsu.edu, 575-646-4451