The purpose of La Conexión is to foster a strong sense of community, cultural pride, student engagement, and academic confidence for Latino students at CSU.
La Conexión assists first year students with establishing meaningful relationships with other Latino students and campus professionals through small and large group activities, service, leadership, and weekly meetings. La Conexión resembles a family because of the openness, support, and authenticity practiced by student participants and program leaders.
La Conexión creates an environment for learning by promoting academic success, providing information about campus resources, creating a culture of accountability, and teaching students to navigate the hidden curriculum in college.
La Conexión empowers students to demonstrate cultural pride while also practicing inclusiveness of all identities. Students are provided the space to share their story, bond over common experiences, and celebrate differences. La Conexión encourages students to recognize their unique strengths and resiliency.
La Conexión supports active engagement in the CSU community by creating service and leadership opportunities as well as encouraging participation in current programs offered by campus partners. Students are expected to be active members of the CSU community during and after participating in the program.
First-year students choose a family meeting time that fits best with their class schedule. They are then paired with a family group and Family Leader. Each week La Conexión, student participants meet with their family group to discuss academic success, managing stress, identity, establishing community, balancing family expectations, and other important topics related to what Latino students experience during their first year of college.
Family Leaders are experienced CSU students who facilitate weekly family meetings, plan family outings, maintain La Conexión community study hours, and provide support for La Conexión participants. La Conexión is designed to help Latino students feel connected to other students and faculty who identify similarly and provide the support needed to be successful academically, socially, and emotionally throughout their first year and on.
La Conexión is a yearlong commitment for both Family Leaders and student participants. However, our goal is to establish long lasting relationships.