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Students Aspires to Revive Oldest Hispanic Civil Rights Organization

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The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) seeks to improve the political, educational, and economic condition of the Hispanic population in the United States in addition to searching for equality for the Hispanic population in general.

A sophomore at Texas A&M University-Commerce is attempting to bring the organization back to campus after years of absence.

“We want to inspire people to be future leaders, work as a better team,” Pedro Mondragon-Lopez, sophomore and organizer of the group, said.

Mondragon-Lopez held an interest meeting for the organization in mid-February to get an idea of who would be open to join and said it had a “shaky start.”

“But I’m not giving up on that, we’re going to try again,” Mondragon-Lopez said. “Dr. Fuentes, right now, he’s been one of the one’s that helped me get the flyer out to start the meeting,”

Mondragon-Lopez first go involved with the organization in middle school through a science and college experience class that was organized by LULAC. From there, he learned more about the group and became a member.

“I just joined because I liked science in the eighth grade, but I just joined and they invited me to come to Texas Women’s University and that’s where I got an introduction to what LULAC was and that’s when I started to get interested,” Mondragon-Lopez said.

Even as a member, Mondragon-Lopez continued to learn about the organization and what it does for the community through meetings and activities put on by LULAC.

“I got introduced to it by Rey de los Santos (Director of LULAC National Educational Service Centers, Inc. in Dallas, TX),” Mondragon-Lopez said. “I didn’t think LULAC was a lot until the end of my senior year when I went to Washington and I figured out LULAC is not just small, its’s a huge organization that does a lot for Latinos.”

Founded in 1929, LULAC is the oldest Hispanic civil rights organization in the country. It responds to the needs of the Latin American community as the time and place deem necessary and “divert[s] to different ways to help people,” according to Mondragon-Lopez.

“It opens your eyes to new things; you can see things in a different perspective than you thought you saw and then you get to learn about a culture that is different from others,” Mondragon-Lopez said. For more information, contact Pedro Mondragon-Lopez at [email protected].

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