Professional Development Grant for Early Career Faculty at Hispanic Serving Institutions/Emerging Hispanic Serving Institutions

About The Program

The Center’s Professional Development Grant for Early Career Faculty at Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs)/ Emerging Hispanic-Serving Institutions (EHSIs) program funds early career faculty at HSIs or EHSIs to participate in professional development activities related to enhancing their growth as scholars and educators. The program does this by providing awards up to $2,500 to cover expenses related to early career scholars’ professional development. In addition, grantees have the opportunity to participate in professional development and networking events organized by the Center, such as training in applying an equity lens to research communications and using Twitter professionally.

The 2022 grantees have been selected and the application period is now closed. For questions about the program, please contact [email protected].

2022 Professional Development Grant Awardees

Read below to learn about our 2022 grant awardees and how they will use their awards to grow professionally.


Gerilyn Slicker, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Dr. Slicker’s research interests are in early childhood policy, with a specific focus on investigating and evaluating the influence of federal, state, and local policies on children’s equitable access to early care and education. She will be using the funding to attend NCFR’s “How to be an Anti-Racist Researcher” webinar, an interactive mixed methods and qualitative research workshop offered at the University of Michigan, and to purchase software licenses for her qualitative work.


Carolina Valdivia, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law, and Society at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Valdivia’s work explores how various forms of legal and social exclusion impact the lives of immigrant youth and their families, including their educational trajectories, mental health, and political participation. She will be using the funding to attend and participate in annual conferences of the the American Sociological Association and the Society for the Study of Social Problems.


Irene Vega, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Vega’s broad areas of expertise are in Latinx sociology, educational inequality, international migration, and sociology of law. Her current book project examines the moral and racial logics that undergrid the U.S. immigration bureaucracy. She will be using the funding to attend the American Sociological Association’s annual conference.


Cynthia A. Wiltshire, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education at the University of Texas at El Paso. Dr. Wiltshire’s work examines the relationships that exist between teachers and Hispanic children in early childhood education settings, specifically the associations between teacher stress, teacher warmth, and child outcomes in cognitive and socioemotional development. She will be using the funding to attend the 2023 American Educational Research Association conference and to purchase a new laptop that will be used for data collection activities related to her research.