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Center for [email protected] Studies Pathways to Post Secondary Success

The Center for [email protected] Studies seeks to increase Latinx completion rates by informing the holistic student experience, maximizing equitable educational outcomes and career readiness through advocacy, community partnerships, and culturally responsive academic, career, and personal development.  The Center for [email protected] Studies currently has community partnerships in Grand Rapids, Holland, and Oceana County.


Promesa Summer Success

Promesa Summer Success is a free, eight-week program for rising juniors and seniors in high school. Students can earn seven college credits over the summer. Promesa Summer Success combines academics and college preparation with the cultural experiences of the students, the instructors, and the city. Success requires people to know the cultural resources that exist within and around them. This understanding will create the leaders of our community, today and tomorrow.

Learn about Promesa Summer Success here. 


Promesa Scholars

The Promesa Scholars Program (PSP) was created to support the academic advancement and retention of incoming Promesa Summer Success students at Ferris. In 2017, the program was redeveloped and scaled to provide access to resources and opportunities, empowering more students to achieve college completion and career readiness. 

Learn about the Promesa Scholars Program here.


Amigos de Promesa Scholars

Amigos de Promesa Scholars is a [email protected] Focused partnership between the Center for Leadership, Activities, Career Services (CLACS) office, and the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to prepare, connect, and support Latinx students with high quality internship experiences for career readiness. 

Learn about the Amigos de Promesa Scholars Program here.



What's the DEAL? 

The DEAL intentionally fosters diversity, engagement experiences, academics and leadership among selected freshman students cross campus. There are two parts to The DEAL. The first part begins with a five-day early campus move-in where relationships are formed and college and career readiness skills are introduced. The second part of The DEAL allows connections between DEAL students to continue through the academic year as students live and learn together in McNerney Hall.

Student Engagement

The Center for [email protected] Studies is committed to offering several ways to connect with the Ferris community and several [email protected] communities in the Mid-West. Opportunities include

  • Volunteering
  • Student Employment
  • Connecting with student organizations
    • Hispanic Student Organizations
    • Sigma Lambda Beta Fraternity Inc.
    • Spanish Club