MESA is a faculty/staff led committee that serve the Hispanic students at VSU. Our role is to provide resources, services, and connections to Hispanic students through mentorship, engagement, support, and academic achievement. The purpose of MESA includes:

  • Develop activities to promote student engagement amongst themselves, the university and the community at-large.
  • Organize group and individual academic assistance programs.
  • Inform and provide resources to support Hispanic students personal and economic well-being.
  • Increase visibility of contributions Hispanic Students make to the university and community through publications and events.  

Each letter of the acronym represents a component of MESA with each having its own subcommittee: Mentor, Engage, Support, and Achieve. 

Please contact Phenix Culbertson via or (229)333-5942 to learn more and get involved with MESA!


Learn about MESA

  • MESA Scholarship for VSU Hispanic Students


    MESA Scholarship for Hispanic Students

    The $300 scholarship(s) will be awarded for Fall 2021 semester.      

    The deadline to submit fully completed application is Friday, March 12, 2021.

    Applications will be reviewed by MESA Scholarship Committee and the recipient will be announced on Friday, May 7, 2021.


    • The student should be a registered Hispanic VSU undergraduate student per Banner and;
    • have a cumulative VSU Institutional GPA of 3.5 or above and;
    • have a minimum of 30 earned VSU credit hours by the end of Spring 2021 semester and;
    • be enrolled for Fall 2021 semester in good standing with the university.

     Application Requirements:

    • Submit application and personal statement to or QR code and;
    • Write personal statement of at least 500 words explaining your career plan/goals, how the scholarship will be beneficial to your academic success, and earned achievements/characteristics that distinguish you from other students and;
    • Submit 2 letters of recommendation from faculty/staff at VSU with at least 1 letter from a previous professor (The letter should include how student has demonstrated outstanding scholastic achievement and ability. Faculty/staff should email letter of recommendation to  

     Contact for additional info.

     Scan QR Code!

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  • MESA Mentorship Program


    Students: Sign up for a MESA Mentor! 

    A MESA Mentor is a faculty/staff member who will meet with you monthly and/or as needed to assist with your academic, social, and extracurricular success at VSU.

    Please complete the form here so we can assign a MESA Mentor to you based on compatibility. Contact should you need additional information. 


    Faculty/Staff: Sign up to be a MESA Mentor & Join the Committee! 

    As a mentor, you will be assigned 1-2 students and meet with them monthly and/or as needed to assist with their academic, social, and extracurricular success at VSU.

    Please complete the form here so we can assign a MESA Mentor to you based on compatibility.  Contact should you need additional information. 


    Thank you to our current MESA Mentorship Program participants!

    MESA Mentors:

    • Dr. Gwen Scott Ruttencutter
    • Dr. Hoa Nguyen
    • Dr. James Martinez
    • Dr. Linda de la Garza
    • Dr. Meagan Arrastia-Chisholm
    • Dr. Nandan Kumar Jha
    • Dr. Terence Sullivan
    • Kevin Overlaur
    • Lizbeth Heath
    • Nicole Bustos
    • Octavio Aguado
    • Sandra P. Barrios
    • Yvonne LeRoy-Landers

    MESA Mentees:

    • Daisy Avelar
    • Diana Hernandez
    • Flavio Cesar Cano
    • Jair Portillo
    • Jean Lopez
    • Joanna Olguin
    • Maria Herrera
    • Selena Chavez-Gomez
    • Tecquitla Scott
    • Yaritzi Flores
  • Engagement

    Engagement Subcommittee Chair: Erica Chaviano 

    List of related cultural student organizations 

    • Please access Blazerlink Presence to view student organizations and contact to learn how to get involved. 
    • Caribbean Student Association 
    • College Assistant Migrant Program 
    • Latin American Student Association 
    • Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Incorporated 
    • Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority 
    • Society of International Students 
    • Spanish Club 
    • Student Government Association (all cultures) 
    • Campus Activities Board (all cultures) 

    Future events

    Pachanga! Inclusive Latinx Festival


    Not Hidden Figures: A Workshop on Diversity & Inclusion in Undergraduate Research
    Collaboratively hosted by MESA & Blazer Summer Research Institute Steering Committee



    Consejos from Across the Industries: Tips for Success


    Past events    

    Educational Opportunities & Success, Guest Speaker Representative Brenda Lopez Romero (First Latina Lawmaker in Georgia Legislature)



    Moving Forward: Tools for Success, Guest Speaker Ricardo Munoz 


    Academic & Career Workshop Collaboration with MESA, Career Opportunities & Academic Support Center 


    Queer Migrations and the Latinx Television Reboot



    Salsa on the Lawn


    Selling the Value of Diversity & Language to Employers


  • Support

    Support Subcommittee Chair: Dr. Meagan Arrastia-Chisholm 

    Sign up for the fall 2021 Scholarship 


    Application deadline: March 12 

    Recipients announced: May 7 

    $300 Awarded for Fall 2021


    • Registered Hispanic VSU undergraduate student per Banner 
    • Cumulative VSU Institutional GPA of 3.50+ 
    • Minimum of 30 earned VSU credit hours by end of Spring 2021
    • Enrolled for Fall 2021 semester in good standing with University 

    Application Requirements:

    Contact for additional info


    Scholarship Recipients Fall 2020 

    Marisa Lauer



    Eddy Castellanos 



  • Achieve

    Achieve Subcommittee Chair: Dr. Terence Sullivan

    Please access the following resources to augment you academic and career achievement. 

Leadership Team: 

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