Lulac Recognizes Service to Latino Community
SAN JUAN – At its 87th Annual National Convention, the League of United Latin American Citizens (Lulac) recognized its partners for their role in furthering the volunteer-based organization’s mission to advance the economic condition, educational attainment, health and civil rights of the Latino community.
Walmart was bestowed with the 2016 Lulac National Corporation of the Year award. The retailer has provided support with health resources for thousands through the Latinos Living Healthy initiative, as well as support to thousands of new immigrants through the Hispanic Immigrant Integration Project.
“We are committed to having a diverse workforce, which includes the 200,000 Latino associates who work for our company and to help strengthen the communities where we live and work. We are proud to work alongside Lulac and look forward to continue to make a difference in the lives of Latino families,” said Walmart Senior Vice President Lance de la Rosa, who leads Operations Transformation for Sam’s Club.
The Lulac Corporate Champion of the Year Award was awarded to Luis Rosero, director of the Hispanic Business Strategy Group for Toyota North America. Over the past year, he was instrumental in bringing health resources to thousands of residents in Brownsville, Texas, as part of Lulac’s Latinos Living Healthy: Feria de Salud.
“My personal and professional goal is to continue to support our community as best as I can. As a parent, I want to contribute my share to help the next generation have better opportunities for success,” Rosero said.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture received an award for diversifying its workforce and improving the health and nutrition of the Latino community, Lulac said. Its efforts have included forming partnerships to promote healthy nutrition in the community and “raising awareness about important rural development programs for communities located in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. Through its partnership with Lulac’s Federal Training Institute, the USDA is investing in diversity and sharing critical information for achieving successful government careers at the youth symposium,” according to Lulac’s news release.
“From San Juan to San Diego, we’ve worked hard to expand economic opportunity by boosting tourism to create jobs and expanding homeownership in the Colonias communities along the U.S./Mexico border. We’ve invested in Hispanic-Serving Institutions to make sure our nation’s most talented scholars have a chance to thrive, and we look forward to the contributions they will make to the future of our nation’s food security. This award demonstrates just how far we’ve come since 2009, and I am thankful for the support of our partners at Lulac,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in the release.
Lulac has more than 1,000 councils around the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Its programs, services and advocacy address the important issues for Latinos.