LULAC and Google to Provide Chromebook Technology to Latino Center

September 23, 2013

Contact: Paloma Zuleta, pzuleta at lulac.org, (202) 812-4477

Los Angeles, CA – Today, the nation’s oldest and largest Latino civil rights organization and Google facilitated the sponsorship of 30 Chromebooks given to the LULAC “Empower Hispanic America with Technology” Center. The center is located at CARECEN, a center for the advancement of Central Americans, in Los Angeles, California. To date, LULAC has hosted 58 technology centers across the country and in Puerto Rico.

At today’s ceremony announcing the donation, representatives from LULAC, Google, and CARECEN will provide a training on these Chromebooks, teaching the community how to leverage these devices and various other tools and resources, including Google Apps.

“The training will empower the community to maximize their potential by taking advantage of the easy-to-use technology,” stated LULAC National President Margaret Moran. “The Latino digital divide has narrowed since LULAC first began the “Empower Hispanic America with Technology” initiative, but we clearly have more work to do. Today’s donation is one more step in the right direction in narrowing the digital divide.” Broadband access among Latinos has increased 18% since 2008, but Latinos are still much less likely to use broadband than other racial groups.

“LULAC has played a crucial role in providing more digital access to the Latino community through their nationwide tech centers. We are excited to support their efforts in the Greater Los Angeles area,” stated Hector Mujica, Social Responsibility Strategist at Google.

LULAC’s “Empower Hispanic America with Technology” initiative increases access to technology, which is not accessible to many low-income Hispanic families.

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 900 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 www.LULAC.org

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From left to right: Rocio Veliz, CARECEN's Youth Coordinator; Jorge Trasmonte, LULAC's Director of Technology; David Perez, LULAC's Director of Development; Brent Wilkes, LULAC's Executive Director; Hector Mujica, Google's Social Responsibility Strategist; Angela Sambrano, CARECEN's Board Director; Susana Zamorano, CARECEN's Parent Center Coordinator; Danielle Argueta, CARECEN's Intern; and Victoria Dominguez, CARECEN's Education and Civic Participation Lead Organizer.

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