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Latin@/X Center Staff

Please stop by and meet the team at the CSUSM Latin@ Center, USU 3300 (Closed Until Further Notice)






 Dr. Renzo Lara

Latin@/x 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 over 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

Interim Program Support Coordinator

Laura was born and raised in the Inland Empire. She graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a B.A. in Studio Art and recently earned her M.A. in Postsecondary Educational Leadership Specialization in Student Affairs from San Diego State University. 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.


2020-2021 Cultura Educators 


Daniela Jimenez 

Cultura Educator

Daniela is a fourth year Sociology major. One of her main goals is to become a social worker as she has developed a passion to help others in her community. She hopes that in this position with the center she can provide the support needed for students to achieve their goals and make a lasting difference. 

Guadalupe Rosas

Cultura Educator 

Lupe is a fourth year in Human Development with a Biology minor. She wants to work in healthcare working with expecting mothers and newborns whether that be as an ultrasound tech or midwife. She hopes to contribute to the center in creating a new image for the space. 

Isabel Torres

Cultura Educator

Isabel is a senior majoring in Sociology. She has aspirations of becoming a social worker and helping her community. She has a strong desire to help people and will always try to have generate good input with new ideas to contribute to the center.


Stephanie Martinez                                  Cultura Educator


Stephanie is a third year in Business with an emphasis in Marketing. She is passionate about making a positive impact in her community. She hopes to be a resource to students through the center and make a positive influence in students' experience at CSUSM.