Introduction Collegiate LULAC
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), founded in 1929, is the oldest and most widely respected Hispanic civil rights organization in the United States of America. LULAC was created at a time in our country’s history when Latinos were denied basic civil and human rights, despite contributions to American society. The founders of LULAC created an organization that empowers its members to create and develop opportunities where they are needed most.
By becoming a Collegiate LULAC Council, college students have the opportunity to make a difference and leave a lasting impact through their advocating efforts aimed at advancing the rights and issues that affect our Latino community.
Today, with approximately 135,000 members throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC is the largest and oldest Latino organization in the United States. LULAC advances the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of Latino Americans through community-based programs operating at more than 900 councils nationwide. In addition, the LULAC National Educational Service Centers (NESC), LULACʼs educational arm, provides counseling services to more than 18,000 Hispanic students per year at fifteen regional centers.
LULAC provides more than half a million dollars in scholarships to Latino students each year, conducts citizenship and voter registration drives, develops low-income housing units, conducts youth leadership and mentoring programs, and seeks to empower the Latino community at the local, state, and national levels.
What is a Collegiate LULAC Council?
A Council is an affiliated unit (or chapter) of LULAC and is comprised of college student volunteer members who work within a community under the authority of a “Charter” endorsed by the LULAC National Board of Directors. There are nearly 500 college students throughout the United States and Puerto Rico that work to improve the quality of life for Latinos in their communities.