Lazos | Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion | Kent State University

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Dr. Oscar Rocha

Lazos, in Spanish "ties" (as in "family ties"), is a culturally and linguistically relevant mentoring initiative for Latinx/Hispanic students.

From a unique perspective that takes into account their specific culture and language, Latinx/Hispanic faculty and staff offer one-on-one culturally concordant support to promote student academic success and a sense of belonging.

Students can receive support from their mentors (padrinos, madrinas) in a variety of ways. For example, they can receive advise on course selection and recommendations on the sequence in which the courses should be taken; field-specific advise on expectations for successful students; information about enrichment opportunities like internships, participation in research activities, study abroad programs, and other extracurricular activities; advise on résumé building, to name a few. Mentors can also help students adjust to campus life, and offer students living away from their families, a warm and welcoming place to learn and grow. 

Whether you are a Latinx/Hispanic student or faculty/staff, we invite you to participate! Please fill out the corresponding form to give us some basic information on the basis of which we will match you with your mentor or mentee.

Lazos is an initiative of Dr. Oscar Rocha, a Costa Rican native, Associate Professor in the College of Biological Sciences. Dr. Rocha also provides culturally rich study abroad experiences.

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