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Supporting Latinx Student Success

Jeannine Huenemann


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Videos are resources to help students and their families learn about the USU STARS! GEAR UP program and how it can help them. With a growing population of Latinx students in the communities we serve, we’ve released a new video in Spanish, along with instructions for subscribing to our YouTube channel to learn when new and useful videos are released.

Content for USU STARS! in English and Spanish.
Visit and subscribe to our YouTube channel to see our newest introduction video in Spanish

Utah State University STARS! GEAR UP created an animated video to help students and families become familiar with us. This two-minute video introduces the program and how it can help students. From tutoring, campus visits, and career exploration, to advanced courses, financial aid, and college and scholarship applications, GEAR UP helps students navigate their way to a successful college experience.

After seeing the animated video, site coordinators at our schools asked for a Spanish version. Luz Carreno, our newest student liaison at USU, is the proud daughter of Mexican immigrants and a first-generation college graduate. She used her connections to USU’s Latinx community to help produce the video, reaching out for help with translation and the voices in the video. The result of these efforts is a newly-released Spanish video.

Accessibility to videos is one way the program is looking to help. "Our program is trying to simplify the complexities of preparing for college by providing videos,” says Zach Stocks, web developer at USU STARS! GEAR UP. “Subscribing to our YouTube channel may seem trivial, but it really is the best way to find out when new and useful videos are released.”

Below are the steps for subscribing to our YouTube channel:

Step 1
Go to the USU STARS! website -

Step 2
From anywhere on the website, scroll to the very bottom of the page and click on the YouTube icon (play button) located in the footer of our website. Go directly to our YouTube channel.

Step 3
The icon links directly to the USU STARS! YouTube channel. Once there, if you are not logged in, sign into a Google account by clicking "Sign In" button in the upper right corner of the screen and following the steps to log in. If you are already logged in, move on to the next step.

Step 4
Click the big red 'Subscribe' button on our channel homepage.

Step 5
Click the bell icon next to the subscribe button, ensuring you are notified of new videos.

Giving schools the tools, they need to communicate to their students and families is important. Young Latinx are one of the nation’s fastest-growing populations, according to the Pew Research Center, and many of these students will be the first in their family to go to college. GEAR UP works in underserved communities offering access to the tools, knowledge, and experience needed to pursue an education after high school. By doing so, USU STARS! GEAR UP supports students and their families to transform Utah's college-going culture in the schools it serves.