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Latin@ Center Staff

Please stop by and meet the team at the CSUSM Latin@ Center, USU 3300






 Dr. Renzo Lara

Latin@ Center Director 


Dr. Renzo Lara was born in San Diego, California and raised in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. At the age of 10, he moved with his mother to the United States and has called Chula Vista,California his home. Dr. Lara’s upbringing between the international border of Mexico and United States provided life experiences related to transborder identities. Additionally, Dr. Lara is a first generation college student and has overcome societal as well collegial barriers. Dr. Lara’s cultural upbringing and life experiences has led to his passion which lies in assisting Latin@/x students and family members achieve holistic success. 

Dr. Lara transferred from Southwestern College and earned his B.A., M.A., and Ed.D. from San Diego State University. Dr. Lara has a decade of experience in: educational programming, event planning, research and assessment, inclusive excellence curriculum design, multicultural community work and higher education collaborative partnership building. In addition, Dr. Lara is passionate about social justice advocacy and higher educational equity for underrepresented students and marginalized students of color. In his spare time, Dr. Lara likes to spend quality time with his three daughters and partner, enjoys watching soccer games,and loves to engage in dialogue related to the sci-fi genre or star wars.



Laura Lopez

Centro Programs and Operations Advisor

Laura is a current graduate student in the Post-secondary Educational Leadership with a Specialization in Student Affairs Master of Arts Program at San Diego State University. She graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a B.A. in Studio Art. She has always been passionate about serving students from all walks of life. She enjoys hearing their stories and learning as much as she can from them to expand her worldview. In her spare time, Laura likes to do photography and explore new coffee shops in the area.


2019-2020 Cultura Educators 


Michelle Hernandez

Cultura Educator Lead

Michelle is a third year CHAD major. She comes from a small town in the Imperial Valley. For fun she likes to hangout with friends and go to the beach. She also loves to help. Her goal for the center is to make it a home away from home for students. As a Cultura Educator, she wants students to reach their full potential and be successfully in anything they do. She wants to help guide students with the best of her abilities. 


Daisy Reynel-Pereyra 

Social Justice Cultura Educator

Daisy is a third year Communications major. She is originally from Lake Arrowhead located in the San Bernardino mountains. She is heavily involved with organizations on campus as well as the local community being a part of M.E.Ch.A de CSUSM as well as being a communications intern at the National Latino Research Center. As a Cultura Educator, she is open to any questions students have to be more involved on campus, as well as guidance for the proper resources needed to make their experience at CSUSM better.






Bella Medina

Cultura Educator 

Bella is a second year Economics major with a Political Science minor. She works at the Latinx Center as a Cultura Educator and plans to go to law school after getting her Bachelor's degree. She is also involved in Associated Students Incorporated (ASI) and Orientation Team on campus. 




Daniel Osegura

Cultura Educator

Daniel was born and raised in Coachella, CA which is located near Palm Springs. He is pursuing a career as an Economist for either a firm or for the government after he hopefully complete a Master’s Program in Economics. He is the current President for an Organization called Nu Alpha Kappa as well as a member of honor societies such as Alpha Lambda Delta. As a Cultura Educator, he is open to any questions students have to be more involved on campus, as well as guidance for the proper resources needed to make their experience at CSUSM better.



Ria Sharma

Cultura Educator

Ria is a second year Computer Science major with a minor in Mathematics. She is an international student from India. Having a burning desire to be at the zenith has been the impetus throughout her career as a student; because of this she decided to do her undergraduate in a more competitive, elite and international environment. Learning about different cultures is something she finds very fascinating and so she decided to be a Cultura Educator at the Latinx center. It has allowed her to know more about the traditions and values of the Latinx community. As a Cultura Educator, she intends to be as helpful as possible to anyone who may need her help. She also aspires to provide a safe space and learning environment for the students without any fear of judgement or misunderstanding.