La Conexión


What is La Conexion:

La Conexion is a program for first year Latinx students which is meant to help foster a strong sense of community, cultural pride, student engagement, and academic excellence at CSU.

La Conexión is designed to help Latinx 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.

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, 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 Latinx students experience during their first year of college.

La Conexión is a yearlong commitment for both Family Leaders and student participants. However, our goal is to establish long lasting relationships.



  • Commit to one full academic year
  • Attend weekly group meetings
  • Attend large group events
  • Maintain above a 2.5 GPA

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Core Values:


La Conexión assists first year students with establishing meaningful relationships with other Latinx 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.

Academic Excellence

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.

Cultural Pride

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.

Student Engagement

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.

Important Dates

  • Welcome Back BBQ (El Centro/APACC) - August 22, 2018 from 5:30-8:00 @ Lee Martinez Park
  • La Conexion Orientation Welcome - August 23, 2018 from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Clark A 206
  • Hike to Arthur's Rock - September 7, 2018, leaving CSU at 4:30 PM. 

Lindsay Gomez Banuelos:

Lindsay is majoring in Graphic Design as well as a minor in Ethnic Studies. She is from Denver, CO and is the oldest of 3 siblings. She loves to draw, read, watch movies, and play video games. Lindsay was one of the first student participants of La Conexion, so the program holds a very special place in her heart. She also loves to cook for her family and friends and has a younger sister here at CSU.

Fernando Montelongo:

Fernando is currently studying a double major in Political Science and Spanish. He is from Fresnillo, Zacatecas, Mexico and has been in the U.S. for almost 9 years now. He enjoys reading and playing soccer and loves any type of Mexican food. He also enjoys cooking and has 3 pet birds. He prefers to listen to music in Spanish, plays the accordion, and believe that comedy is a great way to deal with life's pains.

Faviola Robles:

Favi is a Psychology major with a concentration in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. She is from Denver, CO and, although she grew up in the mountains, she prefers the ocean. She loves music, cooking, reading, and traveling. Favi is passionate about her community and social justice. She works in two research labs at CSU and enjoys learning about research in the psych field. Favi hopes to one day create programs to help employees and managers and their overall health. 

Claudia Perez:

Claudia is majoring in Communication and minoring in Legal Studies and Ethnic Studies. She is from Aurora, CO and is passionate about social justice and wants to make an impact on her community. She is in the CSU Honors Program, was a first year participant of the President's Leadership Program, and serves as an ambassador for the College of Arts. Her mother was a graduate of CSU and she is the middle child of 3 at home. Her favorite spot to study on campus is the second floor of Morgan Library.

Ami Alvarado:

Ami is majoring in Apparel and Merchandising and will soon also have a minor in Business Administration. She is from Aspen, CO and she loves the color yellow. Her favorite animal is the elephant and she is a proud sister of Pi Lambda Ki Latina Sorority, Inc. Ami was a part of La Conexion her freshman year and say that the program helped her transition into college much easier. It allowed her to find a "home away from home" and create meaningful relationships with other first year students. Ami hopes to serve as a resource, a mentor, and a friend to help her students navigate their first year at CSU and provide a strong sense of belonging.

Dr. Manuel Del Real

Manuel was born and raised in Denver, CO. he serves as the Assistant Director for El Centro and coordinator for La Conexion. He has a Bachelor's in French, Psychology, and Spanish, Master's in Higher Education, and Doctorate in Education with a concentration in Higher Education. He loves the outdoors with his dog and traveling. Manuel's office is located in room 225D inside of El Centro.