Lester Larios’ passion is to holistically equip and empower students from diverse backgrounds to see them thrive in their God-given identity. Through his role as assistant director of Student Enrichment and Intercultural Development (SEID), Lester seeks to partner with students on their journey in higher education and beyond.
Lester’s heart for empowering students began in 2009 when he received the opportunity to work with Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), a nationwide program designed to assist first-generation college students in being successful at a four-year university. While working with predominantly Latino students in AVID for six years, and serving in ministry as a youth leader for his local church, his desire to see students grow and succeed began to cultivate a vision in him to help the communities and families around him.
In the fall of 2013, Lester graduated from California State University Fullerton, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. His career in higher education began as an undergraduate admissions counselor at Biola University, where he was able to serve prospective students and families throughout the admissions process. Working in partnership with SEID as the admissions liaison for first generation college students, he served on a committee dedicated to shaping the incoming class for the FirstGen Scholars Program and was able to unite his passion for higher education, discipleship, and leadership development amongst students from different backgrounds and stories.
Lester’s interests include reading, traveling, visiting coffee shops with friends and serving in ministry at his local church.