The fifth annual “Latinos 2 College” program held in the MSU Brody Auditorium on Friday, November 21, 2014.

The MSU Educational Talent Search Program and the MSU Chicano/Latino Studies Program, in partnership with the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the MSU Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, the Office of Academic and Cultural Transitions and the Lansing School District, hosted the fifth annual “Latinos 2 College” program in the MSU Brody Auditorium on Friday, November 21, 2014.

The Latinos 2 College program brought in approximately 150 Latino students from the Lansing School District to MSU’s campus in order to help them better understand how the faculty, staff and students at the university can help them transition to college and beyond.

This year’s program featured special guest speaker Sacramento Knoxx (also known as Christopher Yepez), who kicked off the event as well as led a workshop on “Creating Your Personal Mission Statement.”  Knoxx is a graduate of MSU as well as a nationally recognized Ojibwe/Anishinaabe & Xicano emcee, music producer, motion picture artist, digital media artist and community cultural worker.

Additionally, Diego Rivera, assistant professor of Jazz Studies, Saxophone and Improvisation in the MSU College of Music, performed for the students.

Educational Talent Search is a federally funded program that identifies and serves individuals interested in post-secondary education or vocational training. Guidance activities are offered on various topics such as self-exploration, career decisions, financial aid application, and college registration. The goal of Educational Talent Search is to increase the number of youth, grades 6-12, from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete high school and enroll in the post-secondary education institution of their choice. Educational Talent Search also serves individuals who dropped out of high school, up to age 27, by encouraging them to re-enter the educational system and complete their education.  For more information about the MSU Educational Talent Search Program, please visit http://talentsearch.msu.edu/.  

MSU Chicano/Latino Studies in the College of Social Science is an academic program administering an undergraduate specialization and a Doctor of Philosophy.  The MSU Chicano/Latino Studies PhD was the first in the nation.  CLS develops curricula at the undergraduate and graduate levels focused on Latinas and Latinos in the United States.  In addition to curriculum and degree certification, the CLS program also provides academic skill development, mentorship and community for all MSU students.  For more information about the MSU Chicano/Latino Studies Program, please visit http://msu.edu/~cls