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Latin@/X Center Staff

Please stop by and meet the team at the CSUSM Latin@ Center, USU 3300 (Re-opening Fall 2021) 

Dr. Renzo Lara

Dr. Renzo Lara
Latin@/x Center Director 
rlara@csusm.edu

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

 Laura Lopez, M.A.
Program Support Coordinator  
lrlopez@csusm.edu 

Laura was born and raised in the Inland Empire. Her mother was raised in Jalisco, Mexico and her father grew up in Pomona, CA. She had a unique upbringing with her parents’ combined life experience from two different countries which has added to her identity as a second generation citizen. She graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a B.A. in Studio Art . She was heavily involved working with first year students advising them on college readiness skills, building feasible career goals, and inspiring holistic wellbeing. Her undergraduate involvements with learning communities and orientation inspired her to work in Higher Education. 

She recently earned her M.A. in Postsecondary Educational Leadership with a Specialization in Student Affairs from San Diego State University. She has always been passionate about serving students from all walks of life. In her free time Laura loves to read YA Fantasy and hopes to build a personal library in her home. She also enjoys photography and always looks for a good photo opportunity.

 

 

Alejandra Alarcon

Alejandra Alarcon
Cultura STEM Specialist
aalarcon@csusm.edu 

Alejandra was born and raised in rural Coachella Valley where she also attended College of the Desert and received her Associates of Arts in Developmental Psychology. She graduated from University of California, Berkeley as a transfer student and completed her Bachelors of Arts in Gender & Women’s Studies with a minor in Ethnic Studies. 
 
Growing up in a rural and culturally diverse community, Alejandra has always been passionate about grassroots organizing that drives for social and environmental change. She is also very passionate about creative and personal expression in all forms including visual arts, music and writing. In her free time you can catch her at local flea markets or at a coffee shop. 
 

 

Isabel Torres

Isabel Torres
Cultura STEM Specialist
itorres@csusm.edu 

Isabel was born in Tijuana Baja California, Mexico but soon migrated to San Diego, California where she was raised. Isabel has lived in San Ysidro for 23 years now and she is proud to call this place her home. Living in a border-town helped Isabel understand many of the disadvantages the Latinx community faces on a daily basis and has inspired her to go to college and hopefully one day go back to her community and make a change. 
 
Being a first generation student of color has not been easy but she recently graduated from CSUSM with a B.A. in Sociology and will now be transitioning from a Cultura Educator to a Cultura STEM Specialist here at the LXC. Her goal is to make everyone feel welcomed and to hopefully have STEM students visit the center because here you can find the support you need. Some of Isabel's hobbies are going to the beach and enjoying the sunset as well as going on walks. She looks forward to being back on campus and meeting all of you! 
 

 

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Josh Borjas
Centro Programs Advisor

 
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2021-2022 Cultura Educators 

 

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Raquel Coronado
Cultura Educator

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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. 

 
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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.