LULAC Recognizes Leaders for their Outstanding Service to the Hispanic Community

July 9, 2015

Salt Lake City, Utah – For the first time in the League of United Latin Americans Citizens’ 86-year history, LULAC National will bestow awards recognizing corporate responsibility and positive action within the federal government. Longstanding LULAC partners will be recognized for their instrumental role in furthering LULAC’s mission to advance the economic condition, educational attainment, health and civil rights of the Latino community.

LULAC will honor Univision Communications Inc. as the 2015 recipient of the LULAC National Corporation of the Year. The award will be presented to Univision Communications for its dedication to increasing opportunities for Latinos with programs on early childhood, education, health and voter engagement. Most recently, Univision led the business community in severing ties with Donald Trump following his disparaging remarks of Mexican immigrants.

The LULAC Corporate Champion of the Year Award will be awarded to Emilio Gonzalez, Executive Director for Strategic Alliances, Verizon Communications Inc. In his position, Emilio is responsible for public policy development and outreach to civil rights groups, multicultural and education organizations, and many other critical segments of American society. In the near future, LULAC will unveil the new LULAC Opportunity app designed under his direction that will allow users to access citizenship and immigration services, find affordable health resources, and learn about government agencies that protect their rights.

The United States Army will receive an award for its leadership development program and college access program, March to Success Initiative. Additionally, the U.S. Army supported a LULAC National Education Service Centers (LNESC) educational endeavor. High school students in seven cities will be meeting with university admissions and financial aid representatives, as well as, U.S. Army instructors to learn about ROTC scholarships and how to prepare for and apply for college.

During the Fall of 2015, the college tours will take place in Boston, Orlando, Dallas, Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, and San Diego.

The LULAC Federal Representative of the Year Award will be bestowed to Noemi Perez based on her efforts to motivate the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service agency to ensure a diverse multicultural Federal government that accurately represents the people it serves. As a tireless advocate, Perez has helped develop a national wildlife conservation initiative that will cement LULAC as the first national Latino partner for the agency.

About LULAC The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit

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