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1 Office of Latino Student Services and Outreach Georgia State University Dylan Hart-Medina, M.S. Program Coordinator for Latino Outreach & Support

2 About Georgia State University

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4 Mission of the Office (LASSO) Strive to promote academic success, leadership development, and inclusivity Recruit, retain, empower, graduate, and advance Latino/Hispanic students at Georgia State and in the community Collaborate with campus departments and community allies to promote academic, personal, career, social, and cultural development

5 Goals of LASSO Provide a safe space for all students irrespective of class, race, sexual identity, nationality, citizenship, or immigrant status Increase academic, social, career, and leadership opportunities for Latino/Hispanic students at Georgia State Increasing awareness about the value of family involvement in a students educational journey Aiding in the increase of Latino/Hispanic student retention, progression, and graduation rates Establish and promote sustainable partnerships with community members

6 Efforts to Engage Youth and Increase Access to College Latino Leadership Initiative (LLI) Increase awareness about college process and encourage path to higher education GSU students serve as mentors to high school students College Fairs/Conferences Present at college fairs Presentations at high schools and community organizations Faith-based organizations Partner with Office of Admissions Latino Listserv on Campus

7 Identifying Obstacles Lack of adequate knowledge about college process, FAFSA, financial aid Student Family Financial difficulties (college is expensive) Adjustment to college life First-generation GSU ~32,000 students

8 Efforts to Overcome Obstacles and Ensure Success Academics and Awareness Bienvendios (Fall and Spring) Workshop Series and Academic Coaching Leadership Series-community engagement-purpose Engage family members Financial Aid Scholarship Opportunities (Goizueta Scholarship; Endowment Scholarship) Scholarship Resource Center (Writing; Coca Cola, Hawks Foundation; Panther Retention)

9 Efforts to Overcome Obstacles and Ensure Success Adjustment Peer Mentoring Program (Latinos on the Fast Lane) Collaborate with various departments and divisions on campus and community Promote identity development, opportunities for engagement on campus Safe space-bonding with other students, embrace all aspects of self in judge free environment

10 Becoming a National Model for Success Graduation Rates by Ethnicity Graduation, Retention, Clearinghouse Data

11 What Weve Found So Far to be Successful Ingredients Raise awareness, knowledge, and expectations Recognize role that family plays Promote peer-support opportunities Provide opportunities for leadership roles Collaboration

12 How You Can Utilize Our Services College fairs, information sessions, workshops Initiatives to expand peer-mentoring and tutoring programs Collaborations-Internship, employment, and volunteer opportunities Encourage others to apply for the Goizueta Scholarship Come visit-and encourage others to visit! –search Latino and Goizueta


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