Four Pillars of LASA

The Four Pillars of LASA

LASA strengthens its foundation by incorporating a set of four principles, which are recognized as the “Four Pillars of LASA.” They serve as a framework for establishing its many cultural and community learning activities.

Cultural Identity and Awareness

Address issues and significance of Latin American culture by educating the UCLA community of the heterogeneity of cultural expression, significance, and value of Latin American culture and better understand our own cultural roots and identity.

Community Learning

Provide empowerment to the Latino/a community by establishing relationships with surrounding communities. This will enable our members to better represent and create change in our communities based upon the immediate needs of people.

Student Retention
Provide a forum in which to discuss and actively address issues affecting Latino/a student retention. These forums and workshops help establish an academic support system among Latin American students on campus.
Educational Enhancement

As people who have been denied our cultural and political history, we recognize the need to educate and inform ourselves and the UCLA community of the realities of Latin America and its people.

Cultural Identity/Awareness
LASA makes an effective effort to address issues of Latin American culture and significance by having its members put effort into programming that helps to educate its members and the entire UCLA community of the heterogeneity of cultural expression, significance, and value of Latin American culture. Through the understanding of cultural roots and identity, LASA provides a sense of belonging and admiration for the richness and diversity found within Latin American culture, in addition to fostering understanding and respect for its historical significance.

Community Learning
As part of a broader Latino/a community, LASA provides empowerment to the Latino/a community by building networks of communication and establishing relationships with surrounding communities. These efforts enable our members to better represent and make changes based upon the immediate needs of people of Latin American descent and beyond. These changes allow LASA members to create programs that educate the community and their families.

Student Retention
Given the low rates of retention among Latino/a students at UCLA, one of LASA’s primary objectives is to provide a forum in which to discuss and actively address issues affecting Latino/a student retention. Forums and workshops involved issues such as time management, study skills, as well as broader concerns such as how to choose a major, the relevance of education to our community, and how to establish an academic support system among Latin American students on campus.

Educational Enhancement
As people who have been denied our cultural and political history, we recognize the need to educate and inform ourselves and the UCLA community of the realities of Latin America and its people. We demand a curriculum that is more representative of the heterogeneity of our community. Through the restructuring we will strive to bring awareness. It is our responsibility to address the under representation and oppression of our people. It is our objective to eradicate the myths and stereotypes that have hindered our progress. We will strive to achieve these goals by working in conjunction with other individuals and organizations both at UCLA and in our community.