Latino Initiatives

Photo of graduates with graduation stoles at 2018 Raphael Renella Banquet

Bienvenidos - Latino Student Welcome

"Bienvenidos" means Welcome in Spanish. Every Year the Office of Ethnic Programs and Services hosts the Bienvenidos- Latino Student Welcome in the month of August.

This is an event to welcome all students, including incoming freshmen, transfer students, and current students back to campus for the Fall 2017 semester. This event will connect students to resources available to them on and off campus, while providing an opportunity to meet other students.

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month is nationally recognized during the dates of September 15 - October 15 as of 1988 to acknowledge the important contributions made by Hispanic and Latino-Americans to the United States.

During these months, the University of Cincinnati celebrates with a wide variety of educational opportunities, cultural activities, and programs to bring awareness to, and to embrace the diversity of the University of Cincinnati and the City of Cincinnati. Some events include: movies, presentations, speakers, and a conference, just to name a few

Ohio Latino Student Summit

The University of Cincinnati invites you to the 2018 Ohio Latino Student Summit: Rise Up, a one day summit held on University of Cincinnati's West campus during the upcoming fall semester. The purpose of the summit is to connect, empower, and build community while enhancing the Latino student leadership experience in Ohio. Through engaging workshops, powerful motivational speakers and strategic networking, participants will leave the summit with tools for success in school and beyond. This summit is open to all who are interested in enhancing the Latino student experience on campus and in the professional world.

Questions? Please contact Ms. Priscilla Ayala at

Rafael Rennella Scholarship

To recognize and reward students at the University of Cincinnati who have demonstrated leadership, passion and dedication towards serving the University of Cincinnati and the Greater Cincinnati Latino community. The scholarship will be awarded to three students who embody the legacy of Rafael Rennella.

Three $1,000 scholarships will be awarded for the 2019-2020 academic year, $500 per semester.

Application Information

The 2019-2020 Rafael Rennella Scholarship Application is officially live!

Scholarship recipients will be announced at the 2019 Rafael Rennella Scholarship Banquet. If you are selected as one of the Rafael Rennella Scholarship recipients, we cordially invite you to be present at the banquet so you can so you can be presented with your award.

The award recipients will be expected to complete a project which demonstrates Rafael Rennella's Legacy, and his commitment to the Latino community. The 2019-2020 award recipients will showcase their project during the 2020 Rafael Rennella Scholarship Banquet. Recipients will also be required to complete 10 community service hours, and will be expected to be present at designated events. The Rafael Rennella Scholarship Banquet is in collaboration with the Office of Ethnic Programs and Services, and Latinos en Acción (LEA).

Application Deadline: Friday March 22, 2019 by 11:59 p.m.

In order to complete you application, you must submit the following items:

  • Resume
  • Rafael Rennella Scholarship Application
  • Response to the Essay Question
  • Headshot

History of the Rennella Scholarship & Banquet

Rafael Rennella was a student leader at the University of Cincinnati (UC). He came to Cincinnati from Argentina in 1979 and eventually earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering at UC in 1994. Rafael left a legacy of service and accomplishment. Always true to his ethnic roots, Rafael founded the group, Hispanic Engineers, at the University of Cincinnati, devoted long hours to the Emerging Ethnic Engineers program and helped found Latinos en Acción, a student organization active in political and social causes on campus. He served as president of the student organization, Latinos en Acción (LEA) in 1994-1995. Upon graduating from UC, Rafael began working with Procter & Gamble as a systems analyst. Rafael’s life and labor were cut short at the age of 26 when he died of an asthma attack in 1995. Shortly thereafter, students, staff, faculty, alumni and P&G employees organized to develop a plan to raise $25,000 towards an endowment goal. The Rafael Rennella Scholarship was created in 2000. 

Selection Criteria & Committee:

  • Must have a minimum of a 2.50 GPA.
  • Must be a full-time matriculated undergraduate student currently enrolled at the University of Cincinnati.
  • Must demonstrate involvement or commitment in the Latino Community and/or for the enhancement of the Latino student experience
  • Current president of LEA and/or past recipients of the Rafael Rennella scholarship are ineligible to apply for the scholarship
  • Students transferring from any of the UC satellite campuses (Blue Ash or Clermont) are encouraged to apply.
  • Open to all undergraduate UC students, regardless of legal status

All applications will be reviewed by a selection committee who will be comprised of diverse faculty, staff, and past Rafael Rennella Scholarship Recipients. 

Applicants will be evaluated on three primary criteria:

  • Demonstrated commitment to serving the University of Cincinnati and the Greater Cincinnati Latino community
  • Current and Future leadership potential
  • Academic achievement at the University of Cincinnati

In order to complete you application, you must submit the following items:

  • Resume
  • Rafael Rennella Scholarship Application
  • Response to the Essay Question

Any additional questions? Contact or