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

Three Questions for Frederick Luis Aldama Regarding His New Children’s Book, “The Adventures of Chupacabra Charlie”

Aldama's most recent publication is the children’s book The Adventures of Chupacabra Charlie, illustrated by Chris Escobar, which was released in June by Mad Creek Books. As with the vast majority of Aldama’s writing, the story centers on and gives agency to the Latinx experience while weaving in elements of a Mexican folklore in the form of the chupacabra, a mythical beast. Aldama and Escobar have created a vibrant, exciting, and thought-provoking book that will bring joy to children of all cultures and experiences.

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LASER interview with Lee Bosch

Lee Bosch discusses with LASER his experience taking some time off from school to figure out what he wanted to do, later going back to achieve his goals. From San Diego, Temecula, and Tijuana, Lee Now resides in Chicago, where he works as a sports journalist.

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I want my incredible shrinking screen

J-Lo is about to launch a new show: Thanks a Million. The high-production, 10-minute, smartphone-only content will add to other quickies—movies, documentaries, reality shows—that will launch Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whtiman’s $1.8-billion backed, Quibi (“quick bites”). An article by by Frederick Aldama.

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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