Conéctate Early Move-In Program

Conéctate Early Move-In Program

Conéctate is an early move-in program designed for first generation Latino/a students to experience the fast-paced campus life that awaits at Illinois.

This program is intended to create opportunities for Latinos/as to understand college life based on non-traditional narratives rather than framing one’s story on the experiences of the dominant group.

University Housing Early Arrival cost will be paid for by La Casa Cultural Latina and the Office of the Provost. There is no cost to you to participate in this program. Learn more about Early Arrival on the University Housing website:


Why Conéctate?

This two-day program will provide opportunities to Latino/a college students in a predominantly white institution (PWI) to embrace the concept of Latino/a—by empowering their sense of belonging and identity—to learn about academic rigor from current faculty; and to understand the importance of balancing all sorts of responsibilities.

The program consists of three different modules:

  1. Sense of belonging
  2. Developing student-faculty relationship
  3. Balancing responsibilities

The program intents to open up spaces to learn and understand college experiences based on issues pertinent to Latinos/as rather than framing one’s experience on current dominant narratives.

For this program, three core areas will be addressed, which are based on research findings that have had significant and positive outcomes to help Latinas/os to succeed in college:

  • Sense of belonging has been identified as an important contributor of student success (Hurtado & Carter, 1997). Research indicates that Latinos do not report high levels of sense of belonging at selective institutions (see Kim, Rennick, Franco, 2014).
  • Student-faculty relationships have particularly been known to be a strong positive predictor of persistence among Latino college students.
  • Latino college students tend to work while enrolled in college at higher rates than college students of other racial and ethnic groups (Swail, Cabrera, & Lee, 2004).