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The Latina/o/x* Student Success Office (LSSO) is a joint effort of the Latina/o Studies Program (LSP) and the College of Arts & Sciences Admissions and Advising Office. The College of Arts & Sciences is Cornell's largest college, and its Admissions and Advising office serves the greatest number of Latina/o students.
Latina/o Studies is an academic program based in Arts & Sciences but open to all students across the seven undergraduate colleges at Cornell. The welcoming environment offered by LSP makes it one of the “hotspots” on campus for Latina/o community, used extensively by undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff, as well as student organizations.
LSSO grew out of a student and faculty vision to improve support and access to Cornell’s excellent educational resources for Latina/o students. Collaborations include the Latina/o Studies Program, Latino Living Center (residence hall), advising offices in all seven colleges, Gannett Health Services, the Center for Intercultural Dialogue, career services offices, the Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives and more.
The Latin@s Thrive! series offers opportunities for students to explore their potential and thrive at Cornell by developing life and learning skills for personal and professional growth. Considering study abroad, a summer internship, or graduate school someday? Watch for Latin@s Thrive!
Mi Comunidad/My Community is a mentoring program sponsored by the Latin@ Graduate Student Coalition (LGSC), Latina/o Studies Program (LSP) and Latina/o Student Success Office (LSSO) at Cornell University. Our mission is to address the needs of underrepresented undergraduate students at Cornell University. Mi Comunidad/My Community works to build community among undergraduate, graduate, and professional Latin@ students, faculty, administrators, and community members to bring resources and attention to underrepresented students on campus. The mission and goals of the program are: Build community among underrepresented students, faculty, administrators, community members at Cornell University through personal and professional relationships; Encourage academic and community engagement among underrepresented students at Cornell University; and Provide information and guidance to undergraduate students on a one-to-one basis about applying to graduate school, navigating the academy, and work-life balance.
The LSSO promotes:
- A sense of community among Latinas/os – staff, faculty and students
- A sense of belonging and engagement within the rich tapestry of Cornell life
- To make Cornell a great home and alma mater for Latina/o students
- To connect Latina/o students with Cornell opportunities and resources
- To help students thrive in the Cornell academic, social and cultural environment as they develop life and learning skills for personal and professional growth
*“Latina/o/x” is used interchangeably with "Hispanic" and includes Latin American immigrants who claim the term.