This work is funded by two grants from the US Dept of Agriculture's Hispanic Serving Institution and non-land grant university programs, awarded to Drs. Matt Johnson (Dept Wildlife), Rafael Cuevas-Uribe (Dept Fisheries Biology), and Susan Marshall (Dept Forestry & Wildland Resources).  We also work in close collaboration with Fernando Paz of El Centro Académico Cultural and the Working Landscapes division of Point Blue Conservation Science.

The purpose of these grants is to enable HSU to better serve Latinx and other underrepresented students in natural resource sciences, and help students obtain extra-curricular experiential learning opportunities to advance their careers.  In particular, this work aims to engage natural resource students at the nexus of agriculture and natural resource conservation.  We have a particular emphasis on aquaculture, wildlife on farms, and rangeland conservation.

The grant builds from the momentum and accomplishments of the HSI STEM and HHMI grants to HSU.  Specifically, those grants have helped improve academic achievement for first-year students, and helped equity close gaps for Hispanic students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) disciplines.

Échale ganas” is a Mexican expression literally meaning “throw some life into it.”  A rough colloquial translation into English is “go for it” or “give it your all.” We chose this expression because our hope is that these grants enable and empower Latinx students to seize opportunities to propel their learning and careers in natural resources.  "Camino al Rancho" means "gateway to the ranch" and refers to our efforts to connect students to wildlife and rangeland conservation opportunities.

Ichthyology class (FISH 310) at Trinidad
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Fisheries Biology at Humboldt State

Why study Wildlife at Humboldt State?

Ichthyology class (FISH 310) at Trinidad