Community & Study Space (closed Fall 2020)
Centro is a dedicated community learning space for Chicanx/Latinx students at SJSU. All SJSU students are welcome to utilize the space to build community, study, make connections, engage in healthy and productive dialogue, eat a meal, receive personal and academic support, and learn about various on-and-off campus resources and opportunities.
Updated 8/2020: Due to the impacts of COVID-19 and to protect the safety and health of our community, the physical Centro location is closed until further notice. We will continue to build community and hold virutal spaces to come together during these difficulty and unprecedented times.
Peer Support & Mentoring
Centro’s Student Success Leaders (SSLs) are student employees who offer personal and academic support to their peers. SSLs create a welcoming and safe environment at Centro to engage their peers by offering opportunities to explore campus life and involvement and learn about the various academic & support services at SJSU.
As peer mentors, SSLs develop positive and healthy relationships with their peers by listening to understand each of their unique lived experiences and make appropriate referrals as needed. SSLs have a deep understanding of Chicanx/Latinx student experiences given their own lived experiences as Chicanx/Latinx students at SJSU and can offer tips and strategies for success.
To meet with a Student Success Leader, visit the Contact Us section for SSL office hours.
Centro has two in-house faculty fellows ( professors) who can provide support to students in and outside of Centro. Support can include, but is not limited to: learning how to develop positive connections with faculty; graduate school preparation and options; and, academic success tips and strategies.
Spring 2020 Faculty Fellows
- Dr. Rebeca Burciaga
Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies and Educational Leadership
Office Hours at the Centro : Tuesdays and Thursdays: 2-3 PM
Academic Advising hours at Centro are in partnership with some of the SJSU College Student Success Centers: College of Health & Human Sciences Success Center, College of Humanities and Arts Student Success Center, ACCESS: College of Social Sciences Student Success Center, and the Connie L. Lurie College of Education Student Success Center. Advising hours at Centro are on a drop-in basis.
- College of Education Advisor: Saul Ruiz
Wednesdays 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
- College of Health & Human Sciences Advisor: Hugo Mora-Torres
Thursdays 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
- College of Humanities & Arts Advisor: Stephanie Garcia
Mondays 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
- College of Social Sciences Advisor: Priscila Brambila
Thursdays 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
In collaboration with the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Celinda Miranda, LCSW, is a CAPS representative that holds office hours at the CLSSC twice a week. Consultations with Celinda are on a drop-in basis and typically can be shorter than consultations held at CAPS. Celinda can also help students learn more about CAPS services and resources.
Students seeking counseling support outside of the drop-in hours at the Centro are encouraged to visit the CAPS office between 9:00 am - 5:00 pm in the Student Wellness Center, Room 300B or by scheduling an appointment at 408-924-5910.
Drop-in Hours with Celinda:
- Tuesdays: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
- Thursdays: 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Career Center Counselor Sandra De Leon, counselor for diverse students, holds office hours at the CLSSC once a week, and office hours are on a drop-in basis. Typical consultations are 10-15 minutes long and topics covered can include, but not limited to resume reviews, cover letter reviews, and mock interviews. Students needing longer appointments, can schedule a 30-minute appointment directly with Sandra, or other Career Center counselors by logging into SJSU Handshake, clicking on "Career Center" from the top menu and selecting "Appointments".
Drop-in Hours with Sandra:
- Wednesdays: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm