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2nd Year Latino Male Program


F.U.E.RZA is a program developed within the PASO HSI grant designed to meet the needs of the Latino male PASO Scholars in their second year with resources and support that are not currently available to them. 

F.U.E.RZA Vision

Our goal is to focus on academic success and ethnic consciousness development in a culturally validating program driven by Latin@/Chican@ students' experiences, strengths, and voices.

F.U.E.RZA Objectives

As part of the F.U.E.RZA program, students will:

  1. Share their stories and testimonios in a safe space in order to have their voices heard and validated.
  2. Critically reflect on their diverse experiences as Latin@/Chican@ students to develop an awareness of social inequalities and structural barriers to academic progress in order to effectively advocate for self and others.
  3. Identify strengths that are rooted in cultural heritage thereby enriching cultural capital to overcome adversity, promote academic success, develop positive ethnic identity, and foster agency.

F.U.E.RZA - Mentoring Program Overview

Join the F.U.E.RZA Community

All PASO Scholars are welcome! Cultivate long lasting friendships, community, and connection with Chican@/Latin@ cultural heritage while improving your  ability to manage life and school responsibilities. Participants may earn 3 units of credit.

Participate in the weekly Hora De F.U.E.RZA Thursdays during U-Hour at the ASC, Kellogg Library 2111

To sign up or for questions please email: 

F.U.E.RZA Team

Lead FUERZA Mentor

  • Leo Melena (Director of Student Success - CHABSS)
  • Leandro Galaz (Lecturer - Master of Social Work)
  • Rafael Hern├índez (Assistant Professor - Human Development)

Course Offerings

  • Sociology 498C
  • Human Development 499C

Please email: for details.


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