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Mission Statement
The Campus Alliance de La Raza
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The Campus Alliance de La Raza (CALR) is part of a network of college student organizations that works closely with The National Council de La Raza (NCLR) to increase youth leadership and advance positive social change on University campuses, in Latino communities, and throughout the United States.  The CALR rests on two important pillars: 1) advocacy in pursuit of the advancement of the Latino Agenda and 2) the intellectual and social development of its members.

The Campus Alliance of La Raza is the Latino Student Union at the 
University of Delaware
 

"Some identify their role and take their place in the struggle.  [The CALR] on the other hand is well on the way to building the infrastructure that will create the Army."
- Marco Davis of the NCLR after reviewing the work of our organization.
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Frequently Asked Questions:

 

 

When was La Raza founded?

 

In the summer of 2004, Craig de Mariana Aleman, a student at the University of Delaware, recognized the need for a Latino Student Union, an organization that would unite the community under one banner, represent Latinos on campus, and work to promote leadership development and advance minority affairs, not just Latino affairs.  Together with Guillermo Febres and Melody Casagrande, The Campus Alliance de La Raza was born.

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Is La Raza affiliated with any other organization?

 

The CALR is formally affiliated with the National Council de La Raza (http://www.nclr.org), the nation's largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization. We are a part of their Lideres Network, yet maintain our independence.

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Do I need to be Latino in order to be a member?

 

Absolutely Not!!  La Raza welcomes ANY student into its organization, regardless of race, creed, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, veteran, handicap status, or sexual orientation. We welcome diversity, because we feel that it will contribute to the success of our organization. 

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What Exactly Is "The Latino Agenda" ?


The CALR aims to strengthen and enhance the Latino community by supporting non-partisan efforts to:

  • Reduce poverty and discrimination in Latino communities
  • Increase life opportunities for under-represented populations, especially for Hispanics, within the United States
  • Empower the Latino community, primarily through the establishment and strengthening of community institutions such as community based non-profit organizations
  • Improve the Latino community's public image in the United States

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How Do I Become A Member?

 

To become a member of La Raza, you simply have to embrace our mission - the commitment to the upward mobility of under-served and under-represented populations.  There are no forms to fill out, no dues to pay, and no set number of meetings that you must attend.

 

We are here to add value to each other and our communities.  We accomplish this through advocacy in the pursuit of the Latino agenda and the intellectual and social development of our members. 

 

We assist our members in their struggles to reach their academic potential, enhancing their appeal to prospective employers while illuminating paths to advanced degrees. 

 

As a new member of La Raza, we encourage you to make it to our Meetings, listed above, in order to get to know our current board and take your place in our warm-united community.  If you have a scheduling conflict, please consider joining our mailing list in order to stay up-to-date with all the great things we have planned.

 

Es La Verdad - En La Union Esta La Fuerza!!

 

 


 

 

Isn't There Already A Latino Organization On Campus?


Yes.  HOLA, a well-respected and influential organization here on campus, Promotes Awareness of Hispanic issues, provides a Comfortable Social Environment for students, is responsible for an important Culture Exchange on campus, and actively involves its members in Scholastic Endeavors.  Many members of HOLA will also be involved with the Campus Alliance de La Raza, and a CALR delegate will be appointed to represent the organization at weekly HOLA meetings.

The Campus Alliance de La Raza embraces HOLA as a sister organization, and appreciates its contribution to the University of Delaware Community.  Our organization does not place a strong emphasis on culture exchange, but we support HOLA and other organizations that do.  Instead, we promote Political Activism, and provide avenues for the acquisition of the appropriate tools necessary to bring about social change.  Our members will Network nationally with organizations affiliated with the NCLR, as well as with civil rights organizations in the African American community, such as the NAACP and the Urban League. .

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What does La Raza have to offer me?

 

As members of the CALR, you will be exposed to the Civil Rights/Advocacy communities on local and national levels.


Conferences: La Raza members travel to National Conventions such as: 

·       The National Council de La Raza Annual Conferences,

·       NCLR's Regional Congresos,

·       NCLR’s Lideres Youth Leadership Summits,

·       NAACP National Conventions,

·       Urban League's Annual Conferences,

·       Various state and local conferences and conventions

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The CALR presenting at the NCLR Annual Conference

 

 

Other benefits include:

  • Securing Internships
  • Acquiring Financial Aid
  • Obtaining Summer Research Assistantships
  • Preparing for Graduate/Professional School
  • Developing Relationships with Faculty and Staff
  • Authoring/Publishing Web Sites & Web Pages
  • Producing and Enhancing Resumes
  • The Altruistic Rewards Of Improving The Latino Community
  • The Opportunity To Travel To Conventions and Conferences Across the Country
  • Free La Raza Business Cards
  • The Opportunity To Act As A CALR Delegate To Other Organizations on Campus
  • Leadership Experience
  • Networking at the University of Delaware and Throughout the United States
  • Members Will Receive Political Training, Such As How To Effectively Organize and Manage Political Campaigns and Voter Registration Drives

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What are my responsibilities as a member?

  • Participate in and support NCLR's advocacy efforts and initiatives where appropriate.
  • Are willing to acknowledge the possibility of attending at least one conference during your undergraduate experience.
  • Conduct yourself within the general guidelines of legal and ethical organizational behavior.
  • Support the NCLR's core principles, including: 
    • Reducing Poverty and discrimination and increasing life opportunities for Latinos in the United States
    • Empowering the Latino community, primarily through the establishment and strengthening of community institutions such as community based non-profit organizations.
    • Improving the Latino community's public image in the United States

 

 

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Be Sure To Visit Our Cultural Sister Organization, HOLA, The Core Of The Latino Community At The University of Delaware
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Our Counterparts Within The African American Community, The Black Student Union

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Site Last Updated: June 3, 2010



 

The Campus Alliance de La Raza
218 Trabant University Center
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19717
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