LASER (Latinx Space for Enrichment and Research) was founded in 2009 to focus on scholarship and mentoring of Latinx students. It provides a forum for Ohio State faculty, staff, and students to build a scholarly community on campus and to prepare, recruit, and retain Latinx scholars from high school to college and on to graduate school.

LASER news

Aldama and González book wins International Latino Book Award for Best Nonfiction: Multi-Authored

Frederick Aldama and Chris González co-authored book, Reel Latinx: Representations in US Film and TV, wins International Latino Book Award for Best Nonfiction: Multi-Authored.

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Latino comic book conventions show 'there's no one defining story' about Hispanic identity

Master comic book creator Stan Lee said that his superhero comics are the greatest stories ever told— but Latino comic book creators and fans rarely saw their stories reflected in mainstream superheroes.

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Robert Rodriguez: A Groundbreaking Independent Filmmaker

Almost three decades ago, an ambitious young man sold his body to science in the hopes of raising money to make movies. Today Robert Rodirguez is one of the most groundbreaking indie filmmakers around. As Desperado turns 25, we look at how Rodriguez conquered Hollywood. -Frederick Luis Aldama, author of ‘The Cinema of Robert Rodriguez’

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LASER Mission Statement

We aim to provide resources, access, mentorship and guidance to our LASER scholars, all with the hopes of making college a tangible experience for the Latinx community and other historically underrepresented peoples. We are a Latinx organization serving local communities of color in Columbus by creating opportunities for our youth of color to engage with their peers, to connect with role models from our community, and to become leaders themselves through mentorship.


LASER works to make sure the young Latinx population in central Ohio is college ready, will succeed once in college, and will want to get involved and give back to their communities to build the next generation of Latinx professionals to shape the future.

Build a Latinx mentoring network across central Ohio
  • Operate 15 Hubs by 2022

  • 1-2 Hub Coordinator(s) at each Hub

  • 1-2 Mentor(s) at each Hub

  • 5-25 Scholars at each Hub

  • 100+ Scholars across all Hubs

Increase Latinx applications to Ohio State University
  • 100% of graduating Scholars apply to Ohio State

Expand the presence of Latinx visitors to Ohio State University
  • Host SÕL-CON each fall

  • Host Latinx Role Models Day each spring

  • Host LASER's bilingual Pan Dulce Night every semester


Center – LASER is not an academic department or administrative office at Ohio State, but rather a program within the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, with a dedicated work space for LASER students to use in Hagerty Hall on the main Columbus campus

Hubs – Student working groups that meet weekly throughout the school year at local high schools, for students to prepare for college admission and learn about college life

Hub Coordinators – Paid graduate and advanced undergraduate students who are responsible for overseeing the professional and academic activities at each Hub who serve as role models and bridge builders to undergraduate Mentors and high school Scholars

Mentors – Volunteer undergraduate students who support the Hub Coordinators to develop and implement curricula at each Hub, guiding high school Scholars through the college application process, exam preparation, entrance essay writing, and applying for financial aid

Scholars – High school students dedicated to academic excellence and the pursuit of higher education