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Annual CLSSC Events
Chicanx/Latinx Fall Welcome (Fall Only)
In direct collaboration with SJSU Chicanx/Latinx student organizations, academic departments, and student support services, Centro welcomes incoming and returning students to the new academic year at SJSU. We celebrate and recognize the hard work students dedicated to arrive and excel at SJSU, and we connect them to various SJSU community members committed to Latinx student success. We celebrate this moment as a community with food and performances.
Academic Resilience Workshop Series (Fall Only)
This workshop series, facilitated by Centro's Faculty Fellows, provides students with tangible strategies for achieving academic success. Students are introduced to the broader framework that encourages them to define “success” in ways they find personally meaningful. Each session is intentionally designed to be interactive to allow the opportunity for community-building and help students be aware that they are not alone in navigating academia.
Student Leadership Retreat (SLR) (Fall Only)
The primary goal of the SLR is to build a culturally-relevant academic community for Chicanx/Latinx student success at SJSU. The SLR provides students with identity development, specifically focused on critical facets of their non-student identities (ethnic, racial, cultural, familial), in order to address the institutional barriers encountered on the path towards degree completion. The SLR team works closely with student participants to emphasize emotional clarity, growth and intelligence, along with leadership development and empowerment toward action.
Student & Faculty Connections (Fall and Spring)
To facilitate the building of positive and healthy working relationships between students and faculty (professors), students and faculty enjoy a meal together and engage in meaningful dialogue that helps them have a better understanding of each others’ lived experiences. Through these connections, students walk away knowing more students and faculty in their majors who can support them, having insights on how to achieve their personal and academic aspirations, and feeling more confident in expressing their needs and interests to professors.
Student & Advisor Connections (Fall and Spring)
A unique opportunity for students to learn about and connect with the SJSU advising community. Similar to the Student & Faculty Dinners, the focus of the Student & Advisor Dinners is to foster positive working relationships between advisors and students. Students walk away with: an increased awareness of the various advising support available; feeling more comfortable reaching out to advisors with relevant questions related to their needs, interests and goals; and advisor (s) contact information to continue the relationship beyond the dinner.
Graduate School Preparation Series (Spring Only)
This workshop series, facilitated by Centro’s Faculty Fellows, provides students with key information and resources needed as they consider engaging in undergraduate research and applying to graduate and professional school. These workshops are open to all students. Workshop topics will range from identifying the right graduate school programs and approaching potential mentors to preparing the statement of purpose for graduate school & obtaining strong letters of recommendation. Even if students do not think graduate school is for them, students are encouraged to attend.
Speaker Series (Spring Only)
This interactive series aims to empower students by connecting them to SJSU alumni and local community members who have overcome challenging barriers and strive to help their community. Speakers share their culturally relevant stories with students and focus on a variety of topics. All students are welcome to attend.