El Centro Académico Cultural is committed to student development through academic, personal, and professional skills.

The mission of El Centro Académico Cultural, (aka El Centro) is to be a space, a strategy, and a community that works with all students in navigating pathways to success that honors and respects their cultural and historical trajectory. El Centro is committed to student success with a responsive approach, which includes the development of academic, intellectual, personal, and professional growth, by providing an open space of encuentro (encounter) where students explore and express shared values, differing experiences, distinct histories, and multi-dimensional identities to foster powerful individuals and communities.

El Centro Académico Cultural strives to provide programming that is relevant and responsive to students’ needs. Check out the space and meet the student staff to learn more about our cultural, academic, personal, and professional programming geared toward empowering students to succeed at HSU and beyond.

Promotorx Model (peer mentorship)
We employ a mentorship model that taps into students cultural capital to develop strategies that will help students navigate higher education successfully. In our context the strategy is focused on the students’ academic well-being. We do this by both using this student peer-mentorship model and by facilitating mentorship relationships between student and faculty.

Ateneos are cultural spaces that bring individuals together to increase their knowledge on scientific, literary, and artistic topics to enhance students’ personal, socio-cultural, intellectual and professional growth. In our context, we reclaim the ateneo as an open critical space of encounter committed to facilitating learning and convivial research.

Apapacho (Well-being and self-care)
At the center, we employ apapacho to foster student growth in a holistic manner that takes into consideration students diverse needs. Apapacho is a nauhatl word that at its root means, “to give care” it can also be understood to mean, “To hug or caress with your soul.” At El Centro we strive to offer our students relief, comfort, and affection, in all aspects that entail apapacho which include the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual wellbeing.

Giving Back

El Centro would like your support. Our programs help meet critical student needs at HSU and we want to continue to grow and expand the services the Center can provide. Your contribution to this effort can make a significant difference. To make a financial donation to the LCAE, follow the link and make your contribution today!