Collaborative for Hispanics in Higher Education & Student Success
Serving underrepresented students, transfer students, and historically minoritized men of color.
In 2018, Cal Lutheran and Moorpark College received a Title V HSI grant by the U.S. Department of Education to address the needs of underrepresented
students, transfer students, and historically minoritized men of color.
Cal Lutheran and Moorpark College have a close relationship.
31% of Cal Lutheran undergraduates are transfers, 27% of those come from Moorpark College.
Cal Lutheran and Moorpark College serve similar populations and are addressing the same changing demographics.
31.7% of Moorpark College students are Hispanic as are 29% of Cal Lutheran undergraduates; these populations are expected to increase for both institutions.
Cal Lutheran and Moorpark College are challenged to overcome similar barriers.
In addition, each institution offers strengths that can be utilized in cooperative efforts.
A Cross-Institutional Collaboration
Project CHESS Community
Who is served?
Project CHESS serves historically marginalized and low-income students at Moorpark College and California Lutheran University, as well as those who want an opportunity to build leadership skills and connection.
Historically marginalized: Populations that have historically been excluded from dominant social, economic, cultural, or political life.
Latinx: Relating to people of Latin American origin or descent, whereas, the x is used as
a gender-neutral or non-binary alternative to Latino or Latina.
Who is involved?
The project includes new hires for key personnel at Cal Lutheran and Moorpark College as well as the support and cooperation of existing staff and faculty at both institutions.
Collaboratively, personnel coordinate cross-campus efforts in project planning, faculty development planning and implementation, hiring of new staff, review of program milestones, renovation project direction, peer-mentoring activities, grant reporting, project evaluation review, institutionalization planning, and communication of updates to campus communities.
CHESS is a Title V Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) grant funded by the Federal Department of Education PR/Award # P031S180135.