Center for Latin@ Studies Programs

The Center for Latin@ Studies seeks to help students get to and through college by building on their cultural identity. To this end, we work alongside community members and organizations to provide culturally responsive college access and retention programs. The Center for Latin@ Studies currently has partnerships in Grand Rapids, Holland, and Oceana County. 

Promesa Avancemos

Promesa Avancemos focuses on college and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) career exploration for students in 7th and 8th grade. Students participate in a multitude of activities that bridge the gap between STEM education, cultural identity, and college readiness. During the program, students engage in hands on activities to explore careers in engineering and health careers.

Promesa Summer Success

Promesa Summer Success is a free, eight-week program for rising juniors and seniors in high school. Students can earn seven college credits over the summer. Promesa Summer Success combines academics and college preparation with the cultural experiences of the students, the instructors, and the city. Success requires people to know the cultural resources that exist within and around them. This understanding will create the leaders of our community, today and tomorrow. Check out Promesa Summer Success here.

Hablemos (Let's Speak) 

Hablemos is a 10-week non-credit bearing course offered to Ferris State University faculty, staff, and community members to learn conversational Spanish. Throughout the course, participants will have the opportunity to learn and practice their Spanish language skills as well as learn about Latin@ cultures in West Michigan. This course is offered in Big Rapids and Grand Rapids. Sign up for Big Rapids and Grand Rapids here.

Student Engagement

The Center for Latin@ Studies is committed to offering several ways to connect with the Ferris community and several Latin@ communities in the Mid-West. Opportunities include

  • Volunteering
  • Student Employment
  • Connecting with student organizations
    • Hispanic Student Organizations
    • Spanish Club
    • Sigma Lambda Gamma
    • Circle of Tribal Nations