NMSU and UTEP team up to expand CAHSI mission with $2.8 million grant





LAS CRUCES – Since 2006, New Mexico State University has partnered with the University of Texas at El Paso and a number of other universities around the country in the Computing Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Institutions, increasing participation in computer science. The aim of the alliance is to develop best practices and collaborations to enable HSIs across the country to increase the number of Hispanic students with computer science credentials and progress to rewarding careers in computer science. CAHSI’s overarching goal can be summed up as “20 by 30” – by 2030, Hispanics will represent 20 percent or more of those earning credentials in computer science.

Previous grants from the National Science Foundation have allowed CAHSI to build a national-scale infrastructure with four regions: north, southeast, southwest, and west. NMSU serves as the lead institution for the Southwest region, which includes Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona, geographic areas with the highest Hispanic presence. The alliance now counts more than 60 institutions across the country.

Enrico Pontelli, NMSU Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Regents Professor of Computer Science, is the CAHSI Southwest Region leader.

Each region has a cable and connector. Enrico Pontelli, NMSU Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Regents Professor of Computer Science, is the leader, while Raena Cota, program manager, is the connector for the CAHSI Southwest region. Cota explains, “The goals of the current CAHSI project are to expand students’ research knowledge by exposing them to research as a career path and to engage senior students in research experiences that prepare them for graduate research. level, in addition to building our graduate programs to help our Spanish students succeed in their graduate studies.”




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