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Support OCAT Latinx Student Success Initiatives 

OCAT – Office of Cultural and Academic Transitions formally known as Office of Racial and Ethnic Student Affairs (ORESA), Office of Minority Student Affairs (OMSA), Coordinated Minority Student Programs Office (CMSPO), Minority Aid Program Office, and Black Aid Program has been a champion for students success and belonging at Michigan State University since our inception in 1969. OCAT works collaboratively with CRU (Culturas de las Razas Unidas) Latinx Student Organization and other MSU Departments to coordinate inclusive, responsive and proactive programming for the campus community. Below is a list of high impact initiatives your gifts help to support.

Give to OCAT Latinx Student Success Initiatives and provide our students with the help they need to matriculate and graduate from MSU!

Gifts can help support the purchase of supplies and materials for events and programs, as well as providing resources for education abroad opportunities, conference attendance, meal vouchers, textbooks, and other student expenses.

Who We Are

LWC - The Latinx Welcome Celebration provides new, transfer, and returning Latinx students with an opportunity to experience the Latinx atmosphere at MSU by learning about campus involvement and resources to help them achieve success in college. This event helps new students’ network with other students, faculty, & staff, providing an easier transition into college and thereby increasing their chance for success. Additionally, the Latinx Welcome Celebration encourages current students to strengthen their bonds with campus community members and campus organizations to build community and develop a strong sense of belonging. This celebration consists of music, raffles, student organizations, informational tables, & other activities.

LSMP – The Latinx Student Mentoring Program makes college an exciting, fulfilling and successful experience to increase retention and graduation of Latinx students. LSMP aims to ease the academic and social transition from high school to college for first-year students by connecting them to a mentor and connecting them to resources that help with adjustment.

LUMI - Latinos Unidos Male Initiative hosts monthly activities to help Latinx men develop the skills and knowledge needed to foster academic success; establish a support network; and increase graduation/retention rates.

DDLM - The Día de la Mujer Leadership and Empowerment Conference is coordinated by the Office of Cultural & Academic Transitions (OCAT) and C.R.U. It is a one day conference that has become a source of education and development for the many hundreds of people it attracts each year. DDLM provides an environment where learning and networking connections are made for employment and educational opportunities for Michigan Latinas.

LAG - The Latinx Achievement Gala is a celebratory that takes place at the end of the academic year to celebrate the graduation and accomplishments of Latinx students and organizations.

CRU - Culturas de las Razas Unidas is the Umbrella Latinx Organization on campus. It represents the Latinx student voice and hosts large scale events to bring awareness to issues affecting the Latinx community and provide a cross cultural learning opportunity to the larger campus community. CRU also hosts biweekly meetings to equip and empower students with the skills and knowledge needed to foster academic success; establish a community network; increase graduation/retention; and strengthen a sense of community among all MSU students who self-identify as Latinx, Latine, Hispanic, or Latino/a.

Your support helps us keep these programs strong so we help all our students succeed! 

Make a Gift by Mail:

University Advancement
Spartan Way
535 Chestnut Road, Room 300
East Lansing, MI 48824

*Make check payable to Michigan State University and write “Appeal 24OOPCF1LSSIHHM” in the note section.

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