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Announcing our Third Cohort of HSI Pathways Fellows on the Pathway to the Professoriate 


Contact: Brandy Jones
Telephone: 848-932-0788

New Brunswick, NJ (August 5, 2019) — The Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) is proud to announce the third cohort of HSI Pathways Fellows of our HSI Pathways to the Professoriate program.
HSI Pathways to the Professoriate is supported by a $5.1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Designed to increase the diversity of faculty members in the humanities, the program will provide 90 students over five years with the tools to acclimate in graduate school and remain successful on the path to the Ph.D. Each Fellow participates in an intensive summer program, presents their research at a cross-institutional conference, and receives mentoring and support for applying to and enrolling in graduate school.
“These Fellows will not only enhance skills relevant to succeeding in graduate school, but they will join a network of scholars from the HSI Pathways program who have successfully matriculated into graduate school and integrated into academia,” said Paola “Lola” Esmieu, Director for Programs and Strategy at CMSI. “We are happy to welcome these Fellows to the HSI Pathways ‘family’.”
HSI Pathways to the Professoriate is coordinated by CMSI in partnership with three Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) — California State University, Northridge; Florida International University; and the University of Texas, El Paso — and five majority research institutions — New York University; University of California, Berkeley; University of Pennsylvania; Northwestern University; and University of California, Davis. Throughout the five-year program, CMSI is also conducting assessments as to how selected students are navigating the HSI Pathways program and, once admitted, their graduate programs. CMSI aims to identify the challenges and impetuses along the pathway to the Ph.D.
2019 HSI Pathways Fellows
California State University, Northridge

  • Clarissa Campos
  • Lissette “Liz” Chavez
  • Kevin Ginosian
  • Virginia Gomez
  • Bryant Martinez
  • Ashlee Monton
  • Dani Murillo
  • Genesis Pia
  • Jazmine “Jazz” Piatt
  • Kevin Ramirez
  • Danielle Snali 

Florida International University

  • Chelsea Colon
  • Jose Gonzalez
  • Anaridia Molina
  • Isabella Montes
  • Tiffany Oharriz
  • Isaac Polanco
  • Michael Soriano
  • Anabelle Torres
  • Aaron Uranga
  • Melisa Zozaya

The University of Texas, El Paso

  • Gisela Argote
  • Brandy Bray
  • David Castillo
  • Matilda Diebel
  • Annel Mena
  • Luisa Perez
  • Anahi Ponce
  • Joshua Rollins
  • Grecia Sánchez Blanco
  • Alexis Swope

 Learn more about this year's HSI Pathways Fellows here.

Founded in 1969, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is the largest private funder of the humanities in higher education and the arts.
About the Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions
The Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) brings together researchers and practitioners from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander Serving Institutions. CMSI’s goals include: elevating the educational contributions of MSIs; ensuring that they are a part of national conversations; bringing awareness to the vital role MSIs play in the nation’s economic development; increasing the rigorous scholarship of MSIs; connecting MSIs’ academic and administrative leadership to promote reform initiatives; and strengthening efforts to close educational achievement gaps among disadvantaged communities. The Rutgers Center for Minority Serving Institutions is part of the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. For further information about CMSI, please visit

Monday, August 5, 2019
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