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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

Centro Programs and Operations Advisor

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 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. In her spare time, Laura likes to do photography and explore new coffee shops in the area.


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