2015 Examples of Excelencia Finalist
The Lawrence Campus Student Success Center (SSC) was created in 2011 to address the multiple needs of Latino students using a holistic, personal case management approach to connect students to programs and services to strengthen their academic and leadership skills, reinforce positive behaviors, and build strong support networks that promote student success.
The LUCERO Program creates a positive connection for Latino/a students to develop exceptional academic, leadership, and professional skills while celebrating culture. “Lucero” means morning star and brilliance, which describes their students’ journey at Lansing Community College (LCC) from their first day to graduation or transfer to a 4-year university.
Florida International University (FIU), a four-year, public, urban, research, Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), was awarded in 2009 a grant in the College of Education, to implement the Creating Latino Access to a Valuable Education (CLAVE) project. The program aims to expand post-baccalaureate educational opportunities and improve the academic attainment of Hispanic students.
Established at Utah Valley University during Fall 2007, the Latino Initiative helps Latina/o students achieve educational success by providing direct student services to help Latina/o students along the PK-16 educational pathway.
MISS was created in 1990 to address a nationwide concern for a shortage of female students, primarily Latinas, opting for careers in STEM. Research has shown that success in mathematics is key to choosing STEM majors in college. Designed particularly to serve females from underrepresented ethnic groups, for the last twenty-five summers, MISS has been providing an intensive mathematics experience.
Established in 2001, the KEY Center builds an infrastructure for success outside the classroom to help students succeed in a normal college class. The Key Center strives to diminish barriers to success in higher education that at-risk students -- low-income, first-generation, and students with disabilities -- face when they enter college.