Latino Education Association

​​​​​​​​​Latino Education Association

The Latino Education Association (L.E.A.) of San Jose City College serves as an advocacy organization for our Latina/o community. 

      • L.E.A. strives to support social justice and equity for Latina/o employees and to advance their leadership potential and success at San Jose City College. 
      • L.E.A. supports Latina/o students through scholarships and other programs.
      • L.E.A. commits to promoting the Latino culture through its sponsorship of campus and other community events. 
      • L.E.A. involves itself in the educational progress and success of Latina/o students by organizing cultural and educational events, such Latina/o Heritage Month, Día de Los Muertos, and La Raza Commencement.  ​​


The Latino Education Associati on (L.E.A .) annually hosts a specialized commencement to honor the achievements of students transferring, completing their certificate, or attaining their associate degree. In addition to our campus graduation ceremony, La Raza Commencement is a familial occasion for all students and their families and friends to share this joyous event in a bilingual/bicultural ceremony. This special occasion includes an evening dinner, a keynote speaker, accomplishment and recognition awards, and personalized speeches by the graduates. 

Graduates Please Note:

  1. You will receive an email with more details about the rehearsal. 
  2. Rehearsal is mandatory. This is when you can pick up your stole and food tickets.
  3. Please plan to check-in starting at 3:30 PM but no later than 4:00 PM (See Map); class of 2017 picture will be taken and dinner will start promptly at 4:00 PM.
  4. Please note that in order to participate in the graduation celebration, you must have completed your degree requirements during the 2016-17 academic year.
  5. Please share the map with your guests.

We hope you and your family can make it!

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 L.E.A. Scholarships

Meet Alcario and Carmen Castellano, co-founders of the Castellano Family Foundation, L.E.A. members, and SJCC students who received the 2016 L.E.A. scholarships. We invite you to apply this year!


Complete application at the SJCC Financial Aid website and find all requirements, procedures, and deadlines. 

Latino Education Association Castellano Family Continuing Student Scholarship

Award Amount: $500

We encourage Latino/a students to apply!

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Be enrolled at San Jose City College

  2. Currently enrolled in a minimum of 6 units and or 12 units for Spring 2016

  3. Have completed 12 units at SJCC by the end of Fall 2017 semester

  4. Have demonstrated commitment community service

  5. Not on academic probation

  6. Complete personal statement

  7. Submit one letter of recommendation by an SJCC faculty or staff


Latino Education Association Castellano Family Transfer Student Scholarship

Award Amount: $1,000

 We encourage Latino/a students to apply!

  1. Eligibility Requirements:

  2. Be enrolled at San Jose City College

  3. Currently enrolled in a minimum of 6 units and or 12 units for Spring 2016

  4. Have a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.5

  5. Have completed 24 units at SJCC by the end of Fall 2016

  6. Be a full-time student for the Fall 2017 semester at a 4-year institution

  7. Complete personal statement

  8. Submit one letter of recommendation by an SJCC faculty or staff

If you have any questions, please contact Olga Morales-Anaya at or Elizabeth Flores at


Supported by SJCC:  Latino Education Association (L.E.A.), Art Department, METAS Program, EOP&S, Office of Administrative Services, Associated Student Government, MEChA, Office of the President

Community Support by: Consulate General of Mexico in San José & The Castellano Family Foundation

Día De Los Muertos featured musical performance by Las Cafetera and art exhibit by displaying Day of the Dead inspired artwork by SJCC students and community members at the Carmen Castellano Fine Arts Center.  Student volunteers decorated altars open for anyone to bring something to honor a deceased loved one. Contact Art Instructor Jason Adkins to get involved in setting up the Altar Display  next year. This event was free and opened to all San Jose City College students.
The Day of the Dead (El Día de los Muertos) is a holiday celebrated in Mexico and observed in many other parts of the world. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. The celebration traditionally occurs Nov. 1 and 2 in connection with the Catholic holiday of All Saints' Day on Nov. 1 and All Souls' Day on Nov. 2.Traditions include building private altars honoring the deceased, using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts.


PLease contact: Maria Avalos



Latino Education Association 

​Castellano Family Foundation​


Fabio González, 


Jesus Covarrubias, 


Maria Avalos, Treasurer

Claudia Amador

Joe Andrade

Eliazer Ayala-Austin

José Cabrera

Guillermo Castilla

Carlos Chavez

Celia Cruz-Johnson

Jorge Escobar

Elizabeth Flores

Valentin Garcia

Rebecca Gamez

Daniel Garza

Angela Gullerud

Robert Gutierrez

Karen Hurst

Alex Lopez

Angelina Loyola

Xiomara Martínez

Roland Montemayor

Olga Morales-Anaya

Evelyn Rojas

Patty Romero

​LA RAZA 2017

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May 19, 2017, at 4PM

Find La Raza Commencement Pictures on our Facebook page. ​

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