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Unidos Leadership

Our Mission is designed to connect Latinx students with peers on campus and in the professional world. A group of students were selected for our year-long program to connect with prominent Latinx professionals in careers ranging from Education and Business, to non-profit work and the legal field. Along the way, student participants will discuss the Latinx identity and how that related to the career they chose.

Guest Speakers

We offer a variety of guest speakers with Latinx backgrounds who have made an impact in their community and come to empower our Unidos cohort. Our guest speakers are people that look like YOU and ME, share their personal accomplishments and challenges experienced throughout their career, and hope to become part of your network. 

Fall 2023 Guest Speakers

  • Paoloa Nieto: USC graduate student
    • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication
  • Ivan Carillo: Principal for the city of Los Angeles 
  • Benjamin Ramirez: Outreach and Enrollment Specialist at College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)

Contact Us

Phone: (760) 750-3670
Location: USU 3300
Third Floor of the University Student Union, by the bridge

2024 Assignment Calendar
Date Title Assignment
  1. Spring into the New Yea Mixer
  2. Mid- year Reflection
  3. Introduction to LXC New Assistant Director
  1. Topic: Access to STEM career opportunities/network
  2. Please write a reflection on the Unidos program so far (speakers, discussions, peers) Answer: who are you in terms of your identity/passions/career goals? Where are you going? How are you going to get there? How has/will the Unidos Certificate help you? 
    • 2-3 minute video response to the centro coordinator  

1. Guest Speaker:
Stephanie Martinez 


2. Educational Interview & Reflection

PhD Candidate 

Topic: Lack of Latinx Educators and success storries 

  1. Please identify an industry leader from major and conduct informal interview.
    • Describe informal interview experience/highlights through a reflective document (half page summary/PPT. Slide)
  1. Guest Speaker: Dr. Lissa Lim
  2. Students Choose CSUSM Conference to Attend
  1. Topic: Cultural Challenges and Perseverance 
  2. Generate Reflection Document - Turn in by March 28th Session*
    1. Create a reflective three slide PPT with pictures describing the experience from the CSUSM Conference attendance
  1. Guest Speaker:

  1. Topic: 
  2.  Educational Interview & Reflection is due 

1. Guest Speaker:

2. Conference Reflection Due

1. Topic: 



1. Guest Speaker

Capstone Project due

Identify a social justice/ equity issue within major. Provide a solution to situation and explain how solution benefits the Latinx community  

Chosen method of delivery by students: PPT, Video, Photo Collage, Poster presentation, etc.  

04/25/23 Educational Interview #2 Meet with identified industry leader 1 additional time prior to the end of the program.
05/09/23 Final Project Please incorporate self-reflection relating to academic/career goals/leadership theory. Has to include 1.) clear identified multicultural/inclusive leadership approach 2.) Self reflection on academic/career goals.

How to become a Unidos member

Application opens every fall.

Unidos Application 

  • Must be currently enrolled at CSUSM
  • Upper division students preferred but not required
  • Must be in good academic standing with minimum cumulative and semester 2.5 GPA 
  • Must be able to attend bi-weekly 1.5 hr meetings 
  • Must be able to attend 1:1s with Unidos' Lead Coordinator