Principle Investigator & 
Project Lead for Title V: Lisa Rodriguez, Ph.D.

Dr. Rodriguez has implemented four Developing Hispanic Serving Institution (DHSI) Title V Grant Project in higher education in her 31 year career.  Prior to this grant, Creating an Equity-Minded Campus Culture to Improve Student Outcomes, she directed the "Building Pathways to Persistence and Retention" Title V at Mt. SAC which ran from October 2013 to October 2019. Her funds management to date for DHSI's totals $7.5 million since 2008. During Dr. Rodriguez' implementation of the grants, she has collaborated with and/or supervised upwards of 50 faculty, 30 staff, and 200 student workers and project specialists on grants cumulatively. Prior to Mt. SAC, she co-authored and implemented two Developing Hispanic Institution grants: "The Graduate Success Center" as part of a larger PPOHA grant for graduate students at a University in Southern California in support in first generation, career, and academic coaching from 2011 - 2013 and prior to that, coordinated the instructional technology for undergraduate Business students and their faculty from 2008 to 2011. 

Dr. Rodriguez has a decade in the college classroom, beginning with her favorite campus - Mt. SAC  - in 2001 teaching Study Techniques (pictured here) and writing fundamentals. Over a decade (2001-2010), she taught more than 120 baccalaureate and community college course sections including Advanced Composition and Critical Thinking, Freshman Composition, Study Techniques, Computer Applications for K-12 Educators (Liberal Studies), and Introduction to Research Writing for Marriage and Family Therapy Graduate Program. Lisa teaching outside building 6

She has 19 years of management experience in higher education at both the Community College and University levels, respectively. Dr. Rodriguez is the mother of a fierce son, Eric, who graduated from Mt. SAC in Psychology in 2018, and is currently a graduate student in Philosophy at Cal State Los Angeles, and a granddaughter, Emily, who is majoring in toddler things. She also serves as Acting Director for under Human Resources providing professional development opportunities for the 4,500 employees at Mt. SAC.