LEADING Hispanics


LEADING Hispanics
to Federal Agency Employment


Who We Are

LEADING Hispanics is a collaborative educational program funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop and sustain the next generation of the Hispanic FANH workforce.

What will our program do?

The overarching goal of LEADING Hispanics is to develop and sustain the next generation of the Hispanic food, agriculture, natural resources and human sciences (FANH) workforce and build awareness of the processes and pathways leading to training opportunities and employment in the federal sector.

How will we achieve this?

  • By increasing scientific, technical and soft skills through experiential learning and research
  • By creating a pipeline for Hispanic students from high school to undergraduate degree to graduate degrees to employment in USDA
  • By establishing and foster peer-peer, teacher-student, faculty-student, and federal employee-student mentoring relationships to enhance Hispanic students’ awareness, understanding, and preparation for internship and career opportunities at USDA agencies.
  • By developing partnerships between FANH programs at our four Hispanic Serving Institutions [Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMUK), University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez (UPRM), New Mexico State University (NMSU), and Texas State University (TXST)], local high schools and USDA agencies to promote FANH degree and career pursuit to Hispanic high school students and teachers and Hispanic college students
  • By making this educational model available to other higher education institutions to adopt or adapt


The following four institutions works collaboratively to achieve our five goals. The institutions are:

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Texas A&M University-Kingsville

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University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez

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New Mexico State University

Clint Loest
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Texas State University

Merritt L Drewery

Need help or information?

Contact LEADING Hispanics  project directors.
Email us at  leadinghispanics@tamuk.edu

This work is supported by the “From Learning to Leading: Cultivating the Next Generation of Diverse Food and Agriculture Professionals (NextGen)” program, project award no. 2023-70440-40158, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.