The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (OT) Program was created in 1996 and provides education to prepare entry-level occupational therapists that will primarily serve the underserved population of the border region of south Texas. This is the only occupational therapy program within the medically underserved communities of the Rio Grande Valley.
Florida International University (FIU), a four-year, public, urban, research, Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), was awarded in 2009 a grant in the College of Education, to implement the Creating Latino Access to a Valuable Education (CLAVE) project. The program aims to expand post-baccalaureate educational opportunities and improve the academic attainment of Hispanic students.
The Graduate Support Center (GSC) was established in 2010 via a Department of Education HSI Title V Promoting Post Baccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans (PPOHA) grant as a multipurpose learning assistance and support services center. The Center offers an Academic Workshop Series, a Graduate Writing Institute, and Family Orientation to increase student’s educational success. Hispanics represent 48% of master’s degree students.
Beginning in 2006, the Undergraduate Pre-Health Program (UPP) offers summer paid opportunities for students in career exploration at the Anschutz Medical Campus from the Colorado School of Public Health, College of Nursing, School of Medicine, School of Pharmacy, Graduate School, and the School of Dental Medicine.
The Department of Special Education’s (DSE) mission is to diversify the special education teacher population and special education teachers’ responsiveness to Latino student’s language and culture as well as exceptionality. Following the end of a federal grant that funded a Bilingual Special Education program (BiSped), the DSE integrated the components into the Special Education curriculum.
Developed in 2001, the UTRGV/UT- Austin College of Pharmacy Cooperative Doctoral Program in Pharmacy (CDPP) encourages students from the Rio Grande Valley and Laredo regions of South Texas to pursue pharmacy as a career, and provides recruitment, training and retention of proficient pharmacists that understand the language and culture of the largely Hispanic South Texas community.
The Ph.D. Program is one of only about 25 such programs worldwide accredited by the AACSB International and is designed to prepare new generations of faculty from diverse backgrounds to meet critical research and teaching challenges projected in business and in particular, international business education.
Sistema Universitario Ana G. Méndez is a Hispanic-Serving Institution that offers the only Dual Language Accelerated Program for adults in the nation. Each course is developed and facilitated 50% in Spanish and 50% in English. They accommodate the needs of students’ schedules by meeting just once a week for a period of four hours. Courses are scheduled mornings, evenings and weekends.
The Master of Bilingual Education (MBE) program prepares in-service teachers, over 90% of whom are Latino, to teach elementary level bilingual learners more effectively, enabling students to attain literacy in both Spanish and English while achieving at a high level academically. Program participants are also prepared to assume leadership roles in the community and in their school districts.
Since 2008, the Center has programmatically supported doctoral training of historically underrepresented students, especially Latinos and American Indians through a center focusing on health policy. The Center is preparing future leaders who can address the social inequities that affect the nation’s health and well-being as well as improving the health care delivery and financing system.