SOU Diversity Programs and Initiatives 

Academia Latina is a week long summer program for Latino Students who have completed 7, 8, and 9th grades. Students who participate in this program are exposed to the University setting and learn more about the possibilities of going to College. For more information, click here.

Latino Family Day or Dia Familiar is a program for Latino High School Students and their families to understand the college admission process, specific to Southern Oregon University. Participants will engage in campus tours, sessions on admission, financial aid/scholarships, and essay writing, as well as have their questions answered through a student and faculty panel.

Pirates to Raiders is an initiative working with 8th grade Hispanic students in the Phoenix Talent School District. This program fosters a partnership with the students, their families, the school district and Southern Oregon University to work with students from 8th through completion of High School to lead to admission at SOU.

Bulldogs to Raiders is a similar program to Pirates to Raiders, only the partnership works with the Medford School District instead.

Cesar Chavez Leadership Conference This year Southern Oregon University in partnership with several local entities is piloting a one day Leadership Conference for the Latino high school students. Students will address contemporary issues and educational opportunities beyond high school as well as attend workshops on leadership and community engagement.

Konoway Nika Tillicum (‘All My Relations’ in Chinook Jargon) is an academic and cultural support program for Native American Students who have completed grades 6-12. Konoway is a year –long academic monitoring program culminating in a residential 8-day academy for 40 Native youth. For more information, please click here.

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