Hispanic Mother-Daughter Program

Hispanic Mother Daughter Program - Arizona State University
Arizona State University
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Key Personnel
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Parental/Family Engagement


The Hispanic Mother-Daughter Program (HMDP) was founded to increase the number of minority, first-generation, and low-income students that enter higher education. Since its inception, it has expanded from a one-year to a five-year program that recently began accepting male students and fathers. HMDP has served 2,285 parent-student teams for a total of 4,570 participants. 

Program Description

HMDP goals are to increase retention in the five-year program, high school graduation rates, academically prepared students, post-secondary enrollment, and post-secondary attainment. 

Partnerships with K-12 school districts help decrease program attrition rates and allows for in-school case management style mentorship by program staff. HMDP serves families from over six school districts and has specific agreements with two districts. The program structure incorporates mentoring, parent involvement, and early outreach. The program begins in the eighth grade and aims to increase participant cultural and social capital to promote college readiness and success. Cohorts attend workshops at the Arizona State University (ASU) Tempe campus in addition to student one-to-one mentoring sessions that focus on college readiness and career exploration. 


  • Of program participants, 76% are on free/reduced lunch, 98% identify as Hispanic, 93% of parent participants have an education level of a high school diploma/GED or less, and most students are from the Mesa Public Schools and Phoenix Union School Districts.
  • As of 2020, HMDP retained 58% of the eighth-grade cohort to their 12-grade year. 
  • 100% of HMDP's 12th graders graduate high school in four years, compared to the overall four-year Arizona high school graduation rate of 80% and 74.5% for Hispanic students. (2017 Data)
  • 83% of HMDP graduates attend an institution of higher education directly after graduation. 
  • 56% of ASU HMDP students will graduate in four-years or less, 68% will graduate in six years.







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