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CALSA LogoCaring about Latino Student Achievement (CALSA) is a faculty-student developed MARTI program aimed at retaining Latino and other minority students at IUP.  Building on the institutes’ research and outreach tradition in Latino communities, which spans well over a decade, CALSA offers a number of resources and opportunities to interested students to aid in the development of graduate school and career credentials. 

CALSA’s retention mission seeks to assist students, especially those in the social and behavioral sciences, in developing and maintaining a strong academic profile for graduate work and careers which target the needs of underserved populations. The program carries out this vital mission by providing a number of resources which are listed in more detail below. These resources include, but are not limited to, information addressing internships, scholarships, and organizations and programs on and off campus. Please make sure to visit the related-links portion of the website for further information regarding these resources.

Importantly, CALSA also provides students with research and training opportunities which are not otherwise available to them in their academic departments. These opportunities are designed to develop research skills through hands-on experience by means of participation in MARTI’s research projects, specifically in the areas of health and education. The training provided in this context consists of advising and preparing students for civic engagement on campus with the aim of developing a set of professional skills applicable to similar involvement in underserved communities.  Service in these communities requires an understanding of the importance of community involvement as well as of institutional cultures.

To date, successful alumni, involved in CALSA or its predecessor, College Prep 101 for Latinos, are pursing graduate studies at leading research universities with full scholarships and are providing leadership in community-based, non-governmental organizations, such as the Latino Family Center in Pittsburgh and Project Hope in Boston. 

As mentioned above, CALSA helps with strategies for developing profiles for admission into competitive graduate programs. It will also help with the following:

  • How to choose a graduate program
  • How to put together a strong application for graduate school, including writing a strong statement of purpose
  • How to select writers of letters of recommendation and how to ask for a letter of recommendation

The program also offers students a variety of workshops and, in particular, assists them with:

  • Searching for scholarships and preparing scholarship applications
  • Searching for internships and internship placement
  • Academic planning and progress monitoring

Additionally, as was previously mentioned, CALSA prepares students for research and civic engagement through the following activities:

  • Participation in MARTI research projects
  • Developing student organizations on campus aimed at academic excellence
  • Collaboration with student organizations across campus and the PA State System
  • Organizing and participating in diversity activities on campus
  • Assisting in IUP’s recruitment efforts
  • Outreach to Latino Communities

Marc Colón, Pamela Guzman, Shalom Haileselassie, Guadalupe Ortiz Cortez, Nancy Lopez Sosa , Yanira Cintora Lopez and Jamie Suever are program associates at CALSA, and Estefania Alba and Lisa McCann are program volunteers. They work on providing a variety of important services to students, such as an online listing of scholarships, internships and other opportunities, and helping organize and deliver workshops on professional development. 

For further information, please contact Kelsey Shaulis, CALSA project coordinator, at, or visit us at 107D Stright Hall.    

Any resources or events that CALSA supports or sponsors are listed below or on the menu at the right side of the page.


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Latino Student Reception
Information on the Latino Student Reception of 2013.
Tlacuilo Honor Society
The Tlacuilo Honor Society is an honors organization with an aim to recognize and promote the achievement of academic excellence and to encourage the leadership of undergraduate Latino students.
CALSA Speaker Series 2013
The series includes students in their senior year and alumni, Latino students, and students interested in Latino culture and Latin America, who speak about graduate school and career opportunities.
First Latino Recruiter at IUP
Mr. Irvin Rivera is assistant director of Admissions for Latino Recruitment at IUP. He was hired at the beginning of the Fall 2012 semester.
Campus Services
Some services offered on the IUP campus
SACNAS is a society of scientists dedicated to fostering the success of Hispanic/Chicano and Native American scientists.
McNair Scholars Program
The McNair Scholars Program academically and financially supports first-generation or underrepresented college-bound students with the ultimate goal of increasing the number of low-income or minority doctoral students.
Latin American Studies Minor at IUP
Information about the Latin American Studies minor at IUP for CALSA
Latino Organizations on Campus
Information about Latino organizations on campus for CALSA
PASSHE Individual Latino Programs
PASSHE individual Latino programs per university
Scholarship Guide
Scholarships are awarded to students based on characteristics that may include academic performance, athletic ability, special talents, or affiliation with a particular organization or group.
Information about internships
Study Abroad
IUP Study Abroad Options
Fellowships for Graduate Students
Science-related and other graduate fellowships
Events, Conferences, and Call for Proposals 
DREAM Act links
A list of useful information on the DREAM Act
Day of the Dead
Day of the Dead is a Latin American and Latino holiday with Pre-Hispanic origins, and is a beautiful, spirited, and reverent holiday.
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