Latino/Chicano Student Association: University of Minnesota Duluth’s Presidents’ Student Leadership Award Recipient

UMD Latino/Chicano Student Association

This student organization has been very active over the past few years. The UMD Latino/Chicano Student Association maintains a prominent level of visibility on the UMD campus and in the local community. This organization’s focus is on increasing campus awareness of Latino/Chicano people and issues, thereby creating a better campus climate for everyone. This year the UMD Latino/Chicano Organization has planned a series of immigration speakers and films at UMD and the Twin Ports area.  Several faculty on campus required their students to attend these important events.  They have partnered with the Duluth Latino Voices and the League of Women Voters to bring the issues of immigration to the twin ports.  Prominent speakers who have been to UMD for campus-wide presentations over the past few years include Marjorie Agosin, Dolores Huerta, Cherie Moraga, Luis Rodriguez, Sandra Cisneros, Dr. Barcelo and Richard Lopez.  Additionally, a Fiesta has become part of the annual cycle of events for the campus community. This event has been in existence for 22 years! Over 400 people attend the Annual Fiesta each academic year. Finally, the UMD Latino/Chicano Student Association is open to everyone on campus. They support individualism as well as community building.

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