MILE Scholar Rafael Mendoza gets standing ovation at AHSIE

Publish Date: 
Apr 18, 2017

This week, a group of Hartnell employees attended the Ninth Annual Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institution Educators (AHSIE) Best Practices Conference at the University of Las Vegas, Nevada. President of the Associated Students of Hartnell College, Rafael Mendoza received the 2017 AHSIE Scholarship in the community college category. He received conference registration, travel and lodging expenses paid, plus a cash award of $1,500 to continue his education in Chemical Engineering. Only three students earned scholarships this year.

Rafael told his story in front of hundreds of individuals who came to the conference from all over the United States. I was there and witnessed the moment that brought the room to a standing ovation. Rafael impressed everyone there in a big way.  Hartnell Staff attended the conference in support of Mendoza and also to facilitate a workshop titled: From Inquiry to Engagement: A Comprehensive Model for Delivering Instructional and Support Services, which was presented on the second day of the conference. Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Mark Sanchez; VP of Information Technology, David Phillips; Director of Special Programs, Bronwyn Moreno; Director of Hispanic Serving Institution Initiatives, Moises Almendariz; Director of Communications, Marketing, and Public Relations, Esmeralda Montenegro Owen; Director of Student Academic Support, Antonio Alarcon; and Academics Follow Up Services Specialist, Melvin Jimenez facilitated the workshop.  The presentation was standing room only! Many individuals wanted to know the recipe for student engagement and success and also our parent involvement component.

The AHSIE Conference brings together Hispanic Serving Educators and Institutions to showcase their creativity, innovation and commitment to student success.