MESA: Early Arrival Program

MESA EAP on Zoom call

Welcome, Latinx Buckeyes!

Welcome, Latinx Buckeyes!

Latinx Student Success proudly welcomes you to our virtual MESA: Early Arrival Program!

We are so excited to have you join our MESA familia and look forward to empowering you with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed at The Ohio State University!

To make this virtual early arrival program transition as smooth as possible, we have created three distinct webpages.


  • The welcome page provides an overview of MESA, mentee expectations, program schedule, and more information!

Meet the Mentors

  • Meet each of our 15 MESA mentors via short introductory videos

Daily Planner and Presentations

  • A daily MESA: EAP schedule with Zoom meeting IDs and more details about presentations and activities.

Please feel free to take some time to review this information and, as always, contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns!

Go Buckeyes!

Michael Bustamante |

MESA Overview

The MESA: Early Arrival Program is coordinated by the Latinx Student Success team within the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. MESA: EAP is a four-day residential program for incoming first-year Latinx students centralized around four core themes: Mentorship, Empowerment, Service, and Academic Success. Considering COVID-19, MESA: EAP will be held virtually for the 2020-2021 academic year. Further, future fall and spring programming may require additional safety measures in accordance with university policy.

Specifically, MESA:EAP prepares incoming first-year students for university life by providing educational and resourceful workshops, engaging presentations, and community-building activities before the start of the school year. At the end of this program, students will have successfully completed the MESA: EAP. However, students are encouraged to continue participation in MESA programming by then applying for the MESA: Leadership Institute.

MESA programs are designed to promote full inclusion of Latinx students on campus, while fostering academic success, personal empowerment, and leadership development.

Mentee Expectations

MESA: Early Arrival Program participant expectations:

  • Mentees are required to attend the full early arrival program, time conflicts are understandable considering this virtual format

  • Mentees should commit to engage and participate in LSS fall programming, to include Conversaciónes con Café events and other informal MESA gatherings

  • Mentees will meet with mentor group throughout the fall semester and should be willing to grow and learn from their mentor's input

  • Mentees are encouraged to be authentic with mentors to forge a relationship grounded on mutual trust and respect

  • Mentees should aim to establish a strong community bond through open communication among all other mentees, mentors, and with the program coordinator

  • Mentees should be open-minded towards new experiences and willing to step outside of comfort zones to seek university resources, engage with campus life, and interact with staff and faculty

  • Mentees will attend a success-coaching meeting with Michael Bustamante, Program Coordinator, once a semester for academic advising and career mentoring

Questions or Accommodations

Please direct any questions about MESA programs or a need for any accommodations to Michael Bustamante at

Space is limited. Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis until all spots are filled.