Research & IMPACT

We are proud of the impact we've made over the last 9 years in the HSI world working with thousands of HSI practitioners. Our biggest evidence of success is how many of these HSI practitioners report after attending a program that they would like to contribute to our organization and facilitate a program or coach with us.

We encourage our alumni to write about their transformational learning experiences with us. Browse below to read publications and listen to podcasts featuring ESCALA staff, facilitators and program alumni.

Over 70% of our budget each year goes to paying our Latinx-majority facilitator teams. In 2021-2022, we supported over 100 Latinx and other underserved faculty and staff by hiring them into our facilitator, coach, and home team. All of our facilitators work in HSIs and their experiences are embedded into our programs as demonstrations of success. By working with ESCALA but remaining in their HSIs, our ESCALA facilitators become equity and antiracist educator-leaders.

Alumni leave ESCALA programs and courses with proven practical strategies and an attitude to continuously improve their teaching and practices with Latinx students.

“I use what I learned from ESCALA in my classroom, but I have also shared what I learned with departmental colleagues, colleagues from different departments, and the broader HSU and academic community through research symposiums. Now I have conducted research on topics based on what I learned in ESCALA.”

Dr. Brandilynn J. Villarreal, Assistant Professor, Cal Poly Humboldt

(2018 CTL-HSI Alumni and ESCALA trained facilitator)

Check out Lisa Petrov and Gina Garcia's mention of the ESCALA STEM Mini Course!

Petrov, L. A., & Garcia, G. A. (2021). Becoming a racially just Hispanic-serving institution (HSI): Leveraging HSI grants for organizational identity change. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 14(4), 463–467.

publications by ESCALA Alumni & Staff

Using Professional Development to Increase Faculty.pdf
Chapter 5. Narrowing the Divide.pdf
A Phenomenological Study of Hispanic Serving Institution Grant Directors’ Perceptions of Their Roles in Capacity Building for Servingness at Hispanic Serving Institutions.pdf
Rural Hispanic-Serving Institutional Context on the Development.pdf

PODCASTS featuring ESCALA alumni & Staff

Que Pasa, HSIs? Podcast by Dr. Gina Garcia

Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Podcast by Bonni Stachowiak