Mesa Community College recently received a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education for a Title V Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program.
The grant supports the college’s Students and Employees Nurtured and Developed for Academic Success Project, a comprehensive plan reinforcing key MCC commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion, and guided pathways to success, according to a release.
SENDAS is established to increase student persistence, course completion, graduation and transfer rates through the development of enhanced student support and to provide for systematic professional development and the structuring of a more inclusive hiring process.
More than 31% of MCC students are Latino. In fall 2019, more than half of MCC students were first-generation and more than a quarter of the overall 30,000 students served annually received Pell Grant funding, the release states.
“This award reflects not only the work of the team that drafted the proposal but also the work of many others who, over MCC’s history, have been champions for diversity, equity and inclusion,” Senior Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Nora Reyes said in the release. “The efforts of these past and present champions have and continue to help us more effectively respond to our changing demographics in ways that ensure all our students receive the support and opportunities they need to succeed.”
DHSI grants are funded by the U.S. Department of Education. One hundred percent of the costs of the SENDAS project are financed by federal money. The $3 million grant will be distributed over five years.