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LASER at USU

Originally founded at The Ohio State University in 2009, LASER (Latinx Space for Enrichment Research) is a nationally-recognized program that focuses on scholarship and mentoring of Latinx students. It provides a forum for faculty, staff, and students to build a scholarly community on campus and to prepare, recruit, and retain Latinx scholars from high school to college and on to graduate school and into the professional world.


Building on the Ohio State model, LASER at USU recognizes the specific needs for Latinx students in Utah and the Intermountain West. LASER at USU works collaboratively with the original program at Ohio State, while also developing and adapting programs specific to the needs of USU students. The signature aspect of LASER at USU is the three-stage mentoring program for pre-undergraduate, undergraduate, and graduate students, which enhances recruitment and retention of Latinx students to USU. LASER at USU works closely with Latinos in Action in area public schools. In addition, LASER at USU provides support and resources for undergraduate and graduate student research by Latinx students and students with a scholarly specialization in topics concerning Latinx culture.

LASER at USU is the signature program housed in the Latinx Cultural Center.