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Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) National Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Office of Advocacy and Outreach (OAO), Hispanic-Serving Institutions National Program (HSINP) is a dynamic and innovative driving force at USDA in support of educational program delivery that leads to a competitive workforce reflective of the needs of a diverse population. The HSINP, through its team of Regional Directors, promotes USDA services, missions, and opportunities, establishing targeted partnerships with Hispanic-Serving Institutions and other public and private entities in a manner that supports the agricultural industry in the 21st century. The 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 the: USDA E. Kika De La Garza Fellowship Program, the USDA Junior Agricultural Ambassadors Program, the USDA Future Scientists Program, and the USDA-HACU National Internship Program.

Contact Information

Washington, DC Office

Jacqueline Padrón, Program Director, (202) 720-6506

Dan Wueste, E. Kika De La Garza Fellowship Program Manager, (202) 720-6506

Jessica Castro, National HACU Internship Program Manager, (202) 720-6506


Regional Directors

Juan Alvarez, Central-Northern California & Washington, (559) 278-8311

Roberto González Jr., Southern California & Arizona, (760) 768-5523

Ruby De La Garza, Texas, (956) 665-7436

Julio Puentes, Illinois/Midwest, (773) 442-4235