La Conexión




The purpose of La Conexión is to foster a strong sense of community, cultural pride, student engagement, and academic confidence for Latinx students at CSU.

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.

Target Audience

Although El Centro welcomes all students, La Conexión specifically supports first-year, first generation to college, Latinx students.

Program Structure

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, and provide support for La Conexión participants. 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.


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

Participant Expectations

  • Commit to one full academic year
  • Attend all weekly meetings
  • Attend all large group activities
  • Maintain above a 2.5 gpa

Important Dates


Thank you for your interest in La Conexión!

We are excited to have you join our community. Please fill out the short application below so we know how we can best support you.

Please check your email, you will receive more information about our program and your acceptance. 






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