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2nd Year Latino Male Program

F.U.E.RZA: FAMILIA UNIDA EMPOWERING RAZA

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. 

We highly encourage you to participate in the monthly Hora de F.U.E.RZA at the Latin@ Center, University Student Union 3300 (3rd Floor).

To sign up or for any other questions please email: fuerza@csusm.edu 

F.U.E.RZA Team

Lead Mentors

  • Leo Melena (Director of Student Success - CHABSS)
  • Rafael Hernández (Assistant Professor - Human Development)
  • Marisol Clarck-Ibañez (Sociology Professor)
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