Culture & Society

MSC SCOLA Illuminates Path To Success

The three-day Student Conference on Latinx Affairs offers opportunities for learning, leadership and growth.
By Jamie Arrexi, Texas A&M University Division of Student Affairs - MSC  March 28, 2024

A graphic for the MSC Student Conference on Latinx Affairs showing a moon rising over some mountains with the words Iluminando El Camino, I Am A Star.
The annual MSC Student Conference On Latinx Affairs, scheduled for April 4-6, includes keynote speakers, roundtable discussions, workshops and a resource fair.

Texas A&M University Division of Student Affairs

This year’s MSC Student Conference on Latinx Affairs is set for April 4-6 on the Texas A&M University campus. With the theme “Iluminando el Camino: I am a Star” — “Illuminating the Path: I am a Star,” the conference will celebrate the Latinx community for its continued resilience and help develop skills needed to pursue and accomplish future endeavors.

“It’s our hope all MSC SCOLA delegates will radiate self-confidence as they reflect on the obstacles they overcame to be who they are today,” said Joslynne Santos, chair of MSC SCOLA. “We want our delegates to be excited for the opportunities they will pursue in their future and hope they remember lessons learned from our amazing keynote speakers.”

Organizers of what is considered the nation’s largest student-led conference on Latinx affairs seek to create transformational learning and leadership experiences.

“MSC SCOLA has opened a door among other people coming from different backgrounds and experiences,” said Alejandra Perales, MSC SCOLA vice-chair of administration. “This event has definitely made an impact on my first-year student experience here at Texas A&M University.”

Luisa Craig, program advisor, said the conference’s student-led, staff-driven approach to sharing knowledge and experiences sets it apart from similar events.

“This conference is the culmination of months of planning and hard work by MSC SCOLA. The invaluable lessons learned — from planning and organizing a conference to watching our delegates leave the event with renewed confidence and courage — give me hope for the future of the Latinx community,” Craig said.

This year’s keynote speakers include:

  • Sandra de Castro Buffington, founder and president of StoryAction LLC
  • Dr. Jose Luis Zelaya, founder Dr. Zelaya Educational Consulting LLC
  • Sonia Nazario, award-winning journalist
  • Dr. Carlos Martínez-Cano, assistant professor at the University of Washington in Learning Sciences and Human Development

The conference will take place in the Memorial Student Center. For the full agenda, visit

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