Nonprofit outreach initiatives include the founding and directing of LASER, SOL-CON, Latino Role Models Day, and The Humanities and Cognitive Sciences High School Summer Institute.
LASER: The White House Hispanic Bright Spot awarded LASER/Latino & Latin American Space for Enrichment Research. LASER has built community on campus by working with communities off campus—Latinx graduate students work with Latina/o undergraduates on campus, and both groups work with Latinx high school students in the wider community. With LASER Hubs in schools and libraries across the greater Columbus area, and with virtual hubs reaching rural Latinx Ohioans, every student in the program successfully makes it to OSU (or a LASER partner college) and then thrives once in college.
LATINO ROLE MODELS DAY
Latino Role Models Day: I created this single-day yearly event t brings to the OSU campus over 450 Latinx high school students from the Columbus and greater and Columbus area. The students visit the campus and engage in exploratory conversations with professionals, faculty, and community members invested in education for Latinos. This personalized networking opportunity opens pathways for Latinx high school students to paid internships and college matriculation.
HUMANITIES & COGNITIVE SCIENCES HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER INSTITUTE
The Humanities & Cognitive Sciences High School Summer Institute: I created this weeklong program to bring nearly 50 diversity high school students to campus to learn from world-renowned professors who actively bridge the cognitive and neurosciences with the humanities. Not only has the HumCog High School Summer Institute opened doors for these students in terms of college admission (with many choosing to attend OSU), but it has fulfilled a lifelong dream: to make a difference in the lives of young people who could otherwise not afford to attend by formally exploring the synergistic interface between work done in the humanities and the sciences.