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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Office of Advocacy and Outreach (OAO), Hispanic-Serving Institutions National Program (HSINP) is committed to increasing opportunities for students and faculty that assist in developing a strong pipeline of talent for USDA through the successful execution of:

  • E. Kika De La Garza Fellowship Program
  • HACU National Internship Program
  • Agricultural Ambassadors Program
  • Future Scientists Program

The HSINP staff promotes USDA services and opportunities through its partnerships with Hispanic-Serving Institutions and other public and private entities in a manner that supports the agricultural industry in the 21st century.
Click Here to Apply to the 2018 E. Kika De La Garza Fellowship Program.

Contact Information


Washington, DC Office

Jacqueline Padrón
Program Director
(202) 720-6506
jacqueline.padron@osec.usda.gov
Dan Wueste, Program Analyst
E. Kika De La Garza Fellowship Program Manager
(202) 720-6506
daniel.wueste@osec.usda.gov
Jessica Castro, Program Analyst
National HACU Internship Program Manager
(202) 720-6506
jessica.castro@osec.usda.gov

Regional Offices

Juan M. Alvarez, Education Specialist
Regional Director, Central-Northern California & Washington
(559) 278-8311
juan.alvarez@osec.usda.gov
Ruby De La Garza, Education Specialist
Regional Director,Texas
(956) 665-7436
ruby.delagarza@osec.usda.gov
Roberto González Jr., Education Specialist
Regional Director,Southern California & Arizona
(760) 768-5523
roberto.gonzalez@osec.usda.gov
Julio C. Puentes, Education Specialist
Regional Director,Illinois/Midwest
(773) 442-4235
julio.puentes@osec.usda.gov