By Tony Diaz (’21)
The first meeting of the Loras branch of LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens) had an overwhelming number of students in attendance this past week.
LULAC was recently formed by LULAC president, Rodrigo Espino (’21), in hopes of bringing the Latinx student body together to not only promote the Latinx culture on campus, but also to bridge Latinx students with the Dubuque community.
More than 30 group members took part in the initial meeting, which was designed to build relationships among first-year and returning students.
Among the main aspects of the meeting was to plan events for Latin Heritage Month this month. The first event will be the Tri-College Latinx Social Night, which will be held at the Smokestack in downtown Dubuque, where food and music will be provided throughout the night. In addition, the second annual Latinx Heritage Month soccer matches to be held on September 28 at Rock Bowl Stadium.
LULAC will also be looking at possible radio and podcast opportunities within the group. The hope is that these media outlets would serve as a way to talk about important issues and topics that are relevant to current Latinx countries.
Loras is just the fifth university or college in Iowa to receive a LULAC charter. Loras students are part of the initial charter, making them eligible for scholarships and other opportunities, including access to the national convention.
With approximately 132,000 members throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC is the largest and oldest Hispanic organization in the United States. LULAC advances the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of Hispanic Americans through community-based programs operating at more than 1,000 LULAC councils nationwide. The organization involves and serves all Hispanic nationality groups.