In September 1972, Proyecto Pa'Lante was established as an educational outreach program for the Latino community, providing academic support services on campus. The program was created by Student Affairs for Latino students with input from Puerto Rican and Chicano/Mexicano students who comprised the Union for Puerto Rican Students.
Proyecto Pa'Lante dedicates its efforts to the development of leadership in the Latino community through education. Proyecto Pa'Lante students are provided with personal and academic support services designed to increase scholastic achievement and persistence towards graduation.
The program is committed to:
- recruiting primarily Latino students who demonstrate academic potential but do not meet standard NEIU admission requirements. Additionally, Proyecto Pa'Lante also accepts students who do meet standard admission requirements and who wish to receive our additional support services.
- providing support in the areas of academic advisement, tutoring, vocational, career, personal, and financial counseling.
- providing an environmental support system relevant to the development of a positive self-image and a feeling of belonging.