Programs and Calendar

Click here for the Fall 2014 Calendar of Events

Bienvenidos is an event held at the beginning of each semester. This event officially welcomes new and returning students to campus. The event provides students with the opportunity to learn about the LASSO office as well as all of the Latino student organizations and other campus offices, departments, and community organizations. The event features free food, games, fun, and performances.
SOMOS is a half-day retreat that gives Latino student leaders across campus the opportunity to meet each other and work on  ways to encourage collaboration among organizations with the hope of unifying the Georgia State Latino community. It also provides  student leaders and aspiring student leaders with the tools needed to examine their own leadership style and ways to be effective leaders on campus.
EXITOS is a program held on the Friday before classes start during the Fall semester. Its purpose is to aid in 1st year students’ transitions from high school to Georgia State.  At this program students will be able to learn about different resources on campus, how to prepare for the first week of classes, how to navigate PAWS, ways to get involved, and also hear from upper students who share their experiences about their freshman year. Students are encouraged to bring their class schedule so that we can show them where their classes are. 
Latinos on the Fast Lane is a peer mentoring program for incoming Latino/Hispanic students. The purpose of the program is to aid students in their transition to Georgia State with one-on-one guidance from upper-class students (mentors). The program is about building friendships while learning and about encouraging students to get involved in student organizations, recreational activities, community service, and campus life. Mentors are well aware of some of the challenges students’ face when starting college. It is also about discovering how to advocate for yourself, having a voice in the Georgia State community, and learning how to balance school, personal, and family commitments. The program consists of mentors meeting with their mentees twice a month as well as participating in a group meeting the last Thursday of every month.

To apply online click on one of the links below:
Latinos on the Fast Lane Mentor Application
Latinos on the Fast Lane Mentee Application

The Latino Leadership Initiative is a high school mentor program where Georgia State University students mentor high school students at different high schools in Cobb County. We are committed to giving back to the community and playing it forward to encourage others to also pursue a higher education. The purpose of the program is to encourage a path to higher education after high school.  Mentors are required to pass a background check, attend training at the beginning of the semester, and to visit their assigned high school twice a month. Transportation is provided.  Applications for the LLI are accepted at the beginning of each semester.
This is a celebration of the accomplishments of Latino students who have reached graduation. The Latino Graduation Celebration is more than an acknowledgement of individual success because we know the journey cannot be completed alone. This celebration honors graduating students and also acknowledges, reaffirms, and validates the contributions of family, friends, and support networks.

The Latino Graduation celebration takes place at the end of the spring semester and is open to all graduating seniors. Students planning to graduate in the fall may also participate. At the ceremony students are presented with a stole to wear on top of their robe at graduation, a certificate of achievement, and are also presented with the opportunity to thank their support networks.

Every semester, LASSO hosts a variety of programs and workshops to support the academic, career, and cultural development of Latino students. Our ultimate goal is to provide students with opportunities that encourage academic achievement, personal development, and integration into the Georgia State University community.

Past topics include:

  •  Financial Aid and applying for FAFSA
  • Time Management Skills
  • Finding and Applying for Internships
  • Running effective meetings
  • Applying for Graduate School
  • Finding Scholarships
  • Teach for America Info Session

This is a new initiative in which students, staff, and faculty members can take a break during the noon hour, grab lunch, and listen to GSU faculty lead discussions on a variety of topics pertinent to the Latino Community. The series provides us with opportunities to recognize popular current events and hot topics within the Latino Community and to educate the university community about these issues.