A Model for Latino College Success
What is CREAR Futuros?
CREAR Futuros, which means “To Create Futures” in Spanish, is a peer-mentor based initiative designed to improve Latino student success at UCF. CREAR (College REadiness, Achievement and Retention) Freshmen/Sophomores will be paired with knowledgeable and highly trained upper-classman UCF Peer-Mentors that will introduce them to campus resources and offer insight on how to make the most out of their UCF experience.
- Peer Mentors and Mentees must engage in weekly communication
- Peer Mentors and Mentees must attend monthly interactive group activities
Even though the focus of this program is Latino student success, all students are welcome to apply and participate regardless of racial/ethnic background.
CREAR Futuros BrochureClick here to learn more about CREAR Futuros at UCF
2018-2019 CREAR Futuros Mentors
Desiree Dominguez was born in South Florida and is a 4th-year student, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering. Her ethnicity is Dominican. She is involved in SHPE (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers) as graduate chair and a CREAR Futuros Mentor. A fun fact about her is that she loves antique cars and hopes to own a 1957 Chevy Bel Air.
Vanessa Kady is a Health Sciences Pre-Clinical Senior with a minor in Psychology from Coconut Creek, FL, and her ethnicity is Peruvian. Vanessa’s campus involvement including Human anatomy vTA, Secretary of Women Student Union, Vice President of Operations of Latino Medical Student Association + UCF, was previously Donations Director for International Medical Outreach (2017 – 2018) and currently a CREAR Futuros Mentor. A fun fact is she has served almost 4 years as an Automated Logistical Specialist for the Florida Army National Guard.
Nicole Martinez is a Junior pursuing a double major in Hospitality and Event Management from the Rosen College of Hospitality Management. During her time at UCF, Nicole has been on the Executive Board of the UCF Campus Activities Board for 3 years planning events for the university and their student body. She is a first-generation Colombian-American raised in Parkland, Florida. Nicole is very excited to continue her journey as a leader and a positive influence at UCF as a CREAR Futuro Peer Mentor. A fun fact is she did marching band and color guard for 6 years.
Thalia Romero is a Health Science Pre-Clinical Junior, born in Havana, Cuba and raised in Naples, Florida. She is involved in Global Medical Brigades, Pre-med AMSA and CREAR Futuros. Her favorite quote is “Be the change you wish you see in the world” by Gandhi.
CREAR Futuros Mentees
- Must have Freshman/Sophomore standing
- Will be assigned a Peer-Mentor on a first come, first served basis
- Must demonstrate a serious commitment to the program by participating in scheduled activities when possible.
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CREAR Futuros Mentors
- Must have Junior/Senior standing
- Must have a 3.3+ GPA
- Must have already held a leadership position at UCF
- Must commit 20 hours/week to the program
- Must commit to ongoing mentorship of 15-20 Mentees for the academic year
- Must submit monthly narrative reports to Campus Liaison