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National Organizations

Numerous organizations are committed to increasing the number of college educated individuals in our nation’s workforce and are working on a national level to increase underrepresented students' access to higher education. To advance systemic change, OEP has built relationships with several national organizations including:

  • American Indian Science and Engineering Society
  • AISES works to substantially increase American Indian and Alaska Native representation in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, as students, professionals, mentors, and leaders.
    Relationship: AISP, MESA

  • Excelencia in Education
  • Excelencia in Education strives to track and inform policymakers and institutional leaders who promote practices that support higher educational achievement for Latino students.

  • Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)
  • HACU promotes Hispanic success in higher education by improving the access to and quality of education for Hispanic students through working with member colleges and other relevant institutions.
    Relationship: UCSB is a member of HACU

  • Mexican American Engineering Society
  • MAES was established to promote, cultivate, and honor excellence in education and leadership among Latino engineers and scientists.
    Relationship: MESA

  • Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF)
  • MALDEF is the nation's leading Latino legal civil rights organization that promotes social change through advocacy and litigation in areas of education, employment, immigrant rights, and political access.
    Relationship: Pathways, AISP, MESA and other community partners are involved in Parent School Partnership trainings

  • National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund
  • NALEO is the nation's leading nonprofit organization that aids in the participation of Latinos in the American political process.

  • National College Access Network
  • NCAN works to build and strengthen communities that are committed to college access so that all students in postsecondary school, especially those that are underrepresented, can have tangible educational opportunity.

  • National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP)
  • National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP) works nationwide to develop and strengthen broad-based partnerships throughout the education continuum, from early childhood through postsecondary education.

  • National Indian Education Association
  • NIEA advocates for education based on tribal cultures, enhancing tribal sovereignty, and full participation in the educational process for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian people.

  • National Society of Black Engineers
  • NSBE is one of the largest student-run organizations in the US that focuses on improving the recruitment and education of African American engineering students.
    Relationship: MESA

  • Pathways to College Network
  • The Pathways to College Network is an alliance of national organizations that advances college opportunities for underserved students by raising public awareness, supporting innovative research, and promoting evidence-based policies and practices.

  • Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science
  • SACNAS is a community of scientists determined to increase representation of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in scientific education and exploration.
    Relationship: MESA

  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
  • SHPE's primary function is to enhance and achieve the potential of Hispanics in engineering, math and science.
    Relationship: MESA

  • White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for Hispanics
  • The White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for Hispanics works towards providing advice and guidance to the secretary of education on issues related to the education of the Hispanic community.