LASER (Latinx Space for Enrichment and Research) was founded in 2009 as the nation’s first university Center focused 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 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.
1. Build a Latinx mentoring network across central Ohio
16 Hubs (one at each City of Columbus high school) by 2020
1 Hub Coordinator at each Hub
2 Mentors at each Hub
5-25 Scholars at each Hub
100+ Scholars across all Hubs
2. Increase Latinx enrollment at Ohio State University
3. Expand the presence of Latinx visitors to Ohio State University
Host SÕL-CON each fall
Host Latinx Role Models Day each spring
Host 2 programming events in Spanish each fall
Host 2 programming events in Spanish each spring
Center – LASER is not an academic department or administrative office at Ohio State University, 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.
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