The Cafecitos series at Concordia University Irvine is designed to be an intimate setting for a high-profile first-generation professional to talk about their first-gen journey, mistakes they learned along the way, who and what inspired them, and how family played a role. The series, open to all Concordia students, is designed for students who are the first in their family to go to college. To keep the dynamics and setting personal, each Cafecito is limited to around nine students and is held in a lounge on campus, not a classroom. The Cafecito series is part of Concordia University Irvine’s HSI (Hispanic-Serving Institution) initiative.
Cafecito means little cup of coffee in Spanish. In the Latin culture, it’s how friends will invite one another to get together—“let’s get a cafecito.”