Congressman Jimmy Panneta announced that California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) received $600,000 in Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (DHSI) grant funding from the Department of Education on Sept. 2 in a press release.
The DHSI program has a mission to expand educational opportunities and improve the achievements of Hispanic students. Their grants allow Hispanic-Serving Institutions to expand and improve their academic offerings, program quality and institutional stability.
Rep. Panetta secured a total of $240 million from the Department of Education. This is $70 million more than his initial request of $170 million for Hispanic Serving Institutions on the central coast like UC Santa Cruz, Monterey Peninsula College, Hartnell College and CSUMB. These funds will be divided equally, giving each of the four institutions $600,000.
In the press release Panetta said, “many Latino and Hispanic students in our community are working very hard to manage their studies during this pandemic. This funding will increase the opportunities for those students, especially as they navigate school during these tough times. I will continue to advocate for this type of funding in Congress to support our students at Hispanic-Serving Institutions on the Central Coast.”
CSUMB will decide how the funding will be allocated over the academic year.
The full press release can be viewed here.