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.
The Benefits of Starting a Collegiate LULAC Council
Opportunity to apply to the LULAC educational scholarships, $600,000 awarded annually;
- Opportunity to apply to LULAC National and LULAC Corporate Alliance internships;
- Access to leadership training sessions;
- Access to career development webinars and professional development sessions (e.g. networking skills, social networking, mentoring, interview techniques, resume building);
- Access to attend local, state and national LULAC events;
- Build and expand your network of college and university peers;
- Opportunity to make a community impact and advance the economic conditions, education, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of the Latinos in your community.
How to Establish a Council on Campus
After establishing your desire to begin a council through LULAC:
- Submit a 500 word letter of intent, expressing your reasons for wanting to establish a College Chapter. E-mail to LULAC National Director of Programs, Elizabeth Garcia: EGarcia@lulac.org.
- Submit the full name, contact number, email and college or university you are currently attending.
- Submit to LULAC your college or universities current procedures for establishing a recognized organization on campus.
LULAC College/University Charter Application Instructions
Application for Charter/Contact Information Form:
Complete the required information with the name of the person who will be the point of contact. This person is usually the acting Collegiate Council president.
Contact Information Release Form:
This form is a contact information release waiver authorizing the LULAC National Office to post contact information on the LULAC website.
Annual Collegiate Council Charter Agreement:
This agreement is part of the by-laws of the organization that explain the responsibilities and duties of the council, members and the national organization. Sign and date the document. Keep a copy for your records and return the original to the Membership Office.
Worksheet and Council Membership Roster:
Clearly print or type the name, address city/state and zip code, telephone number with area code of each member and email address. Please note, 10 members are required to form and maintain a new council. Please list members in alphabetical order if possible.
Also, indicate the elected office of each member: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Parliamentarian, Sergeant At Arms. Also indicated whether Mr., Mrs., Ms.
Once the forms are completed and the dues have been calculated, please make your checks payable to ‘LULAC National’ for the total amount due. Contact your district and state director for their schedule of dues. Remember to always keep a copy of all paper- work and checks for your records.
Membership Dues & Fees:
|Annual Charter Fee||$75.00|
|Initiation Fee||$ 6.00 X (Number of Members)|
|Membership dues||$1.25 per month X Number of Members|
|Total dues||____________ sent to National Office|
|If creating a council beginning in January 2012 with 10 members:|
|Initiation Fees||$60.00 = $6.00 X 10 members|
|Member Dues||$150.00 = $15.00 X 10 members|
|Total dues||sent to National Office $285.00|
|If creating a council starting in March of 2012 with 12 members:|
|Initiation Fees||$72.00 = $6.00 X 12 members|
|Member Dues||$150.00 = $12.50 X 12 members Prorated for 10 months (March-Dec. 2012)|
|Total dues||sent to National Office $297.00|
How to Contact Membership Services:
The Membership Services Department and the membership coordinator are located in the LULAC Office in El Paso, Texas at:
LULAC MEMBERSHIP SERVICES:
201 East Main, Suite 605
El Paso, Texas 79901
(915) 577-0726 Fax: (915) 577-0914
Your Young Adult National Representative:
Manuel Rendon Email: Manuel_1053@yahoo.com