Marianna Moròn, LULAC National Educational Service Centers, Inc.

Marianna Moròn, chief operating officer, LULAC National Educational Service Centers, Inc., talks about the mission of her organization and its important work in providing educational programs and resources to Hispanic students in our country. She also shares how the long-standing partnership with the U.S. Army is helping to increase opportunities for students.

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LNESC was established in 1973 as the educational arm of LULAC, which is the League of United Latin American Citizens, one of the nation’s oldest and largest Latino civil rights organizations. We deliver programs such as academic counseling, leadership development, literacy, STEM, health and wellness; a very wide array of programs that are available for students as young as kindergarten all the way into graduate school.

Not only are we focusing on increasing enrollment of Latino students, but also college completion to make them competitive as they enter the workforce.

We are at the 89th Annual LULAC National Convention. What we’re hoping many of our LNESC participants are able to take with them, from the workshops that they have been attending, whether they be on admissions, financial aid opportunities, not only those educational tools and resources, but how to be advocates in their community.

Our partnership with the U.S. Army allows our students to interact with college admissions office, Army leadership, through our college tour series, opening the doors for our Latino students to get into leadership positions for the Army.

Regardless of what the student is focused on, through the Army, they are able to pursue whatever career, whatever type of position that they would like to do moving forward, they have that opportunity. If there was one thing I could say to educators and students, take advantage of the opportunities that the U.S. Army provides, because there is something for everyone.

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“In order for the Army to have the confidence of the population of those that they serve, the Army needs to represent the nation it serves... We are here to support LULAC and have had a partnership with them for over 15 years.”