Please stop by and meet the team at the CSUSM Latin@ Center, USU 3300 (Re-opening Fall 2021)
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, M.A.
Program Support Coordinator
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.
Cultura STEM Specialist
Cultura STEM Specialist
Centro Programs Advisor
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.
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.