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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

Click Here to Apply to the 2018 E. Kika De La Garza Fellowship 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.

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