Avanzando Through College

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The Avanzando through College program has ended and is no longer accepting applications.

Avanzando through College was a learning community to support incoming Latino students that were Freshmen, Sophomores, or first years transfer students at CSULB. The program helped students navigate the higher education system @ the Beach and provides skill-building for educational success to save time and money. The scholarship consisted of 14 two-hour skill-building workshops over a one year period.


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Student Support

Through team-building activities, monthly workshops, and events, students:

  • Learn about support services relevant to their experiences.
  • Get to know a great group of people.
  • Develop skills and knowledge to better navigate the college-going experience.
  • Identify new opportunities.
  • Pay it forward to the CSULB campus by supporting Salud es Cultura day.


Workshops were structured around discussion and group learning, covering important skills and offering advice related to college life, including:

  • Building relationships.
  • Mental health awareness.
  • Studying skills.
  • Time management.
  • Financial awareness.
  • After completing each semester in the program, students receive a stipend to support their educational expenses.


This program has concluded and we are no longer accepting applications.


Avanzando used a culturally tailored curriculum created by UnidosUS. The program was open to incoming first-year, second year and transfer students Latinx students. Admission preference was given to students who are the first generation in their families to attend college in the US.

Avanzando through College had three goals:

  1. Help new students identify student services
  2. Improve academic performance
  3. Graduate

These goals were supported by providing a human support system, as well as skills, tools, information and knowledge via interactive workshops and activities.

Mara Bird

Mara Bird, PhD
Project Coordinator
Center for Latino Community Health, Evaluation & Leadership Training

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Clarivel Vega
Assistant Project Coordinator
Center for Latino Community Health, Evaluation & Leadership Training

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Alex Garbanati
Web & Graphic Designer
Center for Latino Community Health, Evaluation & Leadership Training