CSU, Chico News

CSU, Chico Helps Effort to Increase the Number of Latinos in Higher Education

Date: 02-01-2013

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico is a co-sponsor of a major event in Sacramento tomorrow introducing Latino students to opportunities in higher education.

“Steps to College 2013,” presented in both English and Spanish, will be Saturday, Feb. 2, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Consulate General of Mexico in Sacramento, 2093 Arena Blvd.

The event attracted more than 1,200 Latino high school students from over 40 different high schools last year, and it is expected to attract 2,500 students this year.

The goals of Steps to College 2013 are to explain the full array of resources available for Latino students to finance their higher education; introduce Latino families to the admissions process for Northern California higher education institutions; and assist Latino students in completing their student aid applications.

CSU, Chico is one of four CSU campuses co-sponsoring the event, which is also sponsored by the California Student Aid Commission, the Consulate General of Mexico in Sacramento, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, the Latino Policy Coalition, The College Board, UC Davis and other organizations.

Teresita Curiel, assistant director, CSU, Chico Office of Admissions, is chair of the College and University Relations Subcommittee for Steps to College 2013. “We have a team of dedicated Chico State professionals who will be attending to provide prospective Latino students, both high school and community college, and their families with information about Chico State admissions, financial aid and other campus opportunities,” Curiel said.

Other CSU, Chico staff attending the event are Elizabeth Alaniz, Financial Aid and Scholarship Office; Jose Villaseñor, Financial Aid and Scholarship Office; Lupe Jiménez, MESA Engineering Program; Bertha Alicia Curiel, Chico Student Success Center; Carmelo Miranda, Upward Bound; Adelle DeMasi, Office of Admissions; and Jamile Balli, Office of Admissions. Curiel said the staff in attendance are members of the campus Chicano/Latino Council.

The CSU, Chico staff at Steps to College 2013 will be assisted by four to eight students who are Wildcat Ambassadors, a program that utilizes diverse students to help recruit more diverse students, Curiel said.

The Mexican Consulate also assists students attending college through scholarships, Curiel said. Last year, the Consulate and the Cien Amigos civic group awarded 150 scholarships; of that number, 34 went to community college and university students from CSU, Chico’s service area, she said.

Carlos Gonzalez Gutierrez, consul general of Mexico in Sacramento, and Deputy Consul Gilberto Luna Moises visited CSU, Chico in November 2011. “They are committed to promoting higher education in the Latino community,” Curiel said.