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CALSA LogoCaring about Latino Student Achievement (CALSA) is a faculty-student developed program aimed at retaining Latino and other minority students at IUP and preparing them for graduate or professional studies. The mission of CALSA is to assist students in order to maintain a strong academic profile and to promote graduate studies.

To date, very few Latino students who complete their BA degree continue their education. According to ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, “Latinos have increased their enrollment in graduate education, although they still comprise a smaller proportion of students than other groups: 4 percent, as compared with 6 percent for African Americans and 73 percent for whites.”

CALSA is premised on an earlier MARTI-developed and -sponsored program, College Prep 101 for Latinos. It does not abandon the original College Prep 101 for Latinos’ mission—to help retain Latino students—but expands its mission significantly by emphasizing academic excellence and post-graduate studies.

There are a number of questions that CALSA will help students answer in regards to graduate school preparation. Some of these questions are:

  • Are graduate studies for me?
  • Do I have the grades?
  • Must I take the Graduate Entrance Examination or other entrance examinations?
  • How do I choose a graduate program?
  • How do I put together a strong application for graduate school?
  • Who should I ask to write my letters of recommendations?

CALSA also offers students a variety of academic services and, in particular, assists them with

  • Searching for scholarships and preparing scholarship applications.
  • Searching for internships and internship placement.
  • Tutoring.
  • Peer mentoring.
  • Academic planning and progress monitoring.

Pamela Guzman and Marc Colón are program associates at CALSA, and Estefania Alba, Kelsey Shaulis, and Guadalupe Ortiz-Cortez 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, plus tips on how to prepare for graduate school and where to seek additional help. CALSA will also provide technical assistance in developing and submitting graduate school applications.

Regardless of your class level at IUP, if you are interested in pursuing your studies beyond the BA or BS, please visit us.

Any resources or events that CALSA supports or sponsers are listed in the table below or the menu on the right side of the page.


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Recent News
Learn about recent developments with the CALSA Program.
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
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