• Engage in discussions of social impact, and power dynamics of social engagement, and learn how to develop practical strategies to manage and develop ideas and/or academic projects
  • Engage with a community of peers & explore your own sense of self & cultural identity
  • Receive meaningful personal & intellectual mentorship to guide participants through their freshman and sophomore year
  • Receive 1-1 academic guidance & advocacy with El Centro Program Specialist
  • $600 scholarship upon successful completion of program
  • Opportunity to participate in a summer study abroad trip to Mexico!
    • Tentative dates: May 28 -June 9, 2024


  • Program is open to any qualifying student regardless of immigration status
  • Must be a UNM incomming freshmen or sophmore enrolled in fall and spring semesters
  • Be able to attend all programming sessions in fall and spring semesters.
  • Must meet 1 of 3 of the following criteria:
    • Member of an underrepresented ethnic group in higher education
    • First generation college student
    • Eligible for Pell or State Aid


  • Commit to participate in the mentorship program for both fall and spring semesters
  • Attend 8 sessions, once a month, THR, 3:30-5:00 pm
  • Participate in traditional and ceremonial activities 
  • Actively commit to the learning process and embrace new knowledge
  • Participate in El Centro cultural workshops and events