La Raza Student Commission

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About La Raza

The ASUW La Raza Student Commission is one of seven commissions established by the student governmet at UW to help support the student voice of underrepresented communities. The commission helps Latino/Hispanic (undergrads, grads) students get connected to the Latino/Hispanic faculty and staff. We promote culture, education and leadership. One of our core values is to educate others about our culture through quarterly events and co-sponsorship of events with other organizations.

La Raza is a great way to get involved in the Latino/Hispanic community through volunteering, collaboration on current projects with students, helping out with our newsletter and through leadership development. We also help those connect with constituent student groups (those groups that fall under the umbrella of the commission.

Our 2009-2010 Student Commission Director is Jilberto Soto.

For more information view our website:


The center is to be used as a student resource for economic, political, and social change. This is made by several objectives, which include networking and coordinating with local, as well as, national organizations, maintaining community involvement, assist incoming students, and work toward university accessibility.


The history of La Raza Commission Center is one that was conceived and fostered by student political activism. La Raza Commission Center was originally founded by Movimiento Estudiantil Chican@ de Aztlan (M.E.Ch.A.) in 1981. M.E.Ch.A. was born out of the barrios in 1969, at the height of U.S. social unrest as communities of color demanded social and economic justice. M.E.Ch.A. formulated its direction from the barrios, committed to grass roots organizing and taking actions on behalf of its communities. M.E.Ch.A. Commission changed its name to La Raza Commission Center in 1997 to ensure inclusion amongst all Latin@s and breakdown nationality division as we see social and economic issues and concerns in Latin@ communities related and interconnected.

Although the name of the Commission has changed to La Raza to make all Latin@s feel included and to develop a comprehensive understanding of Latin America, its political philosophies stil strive to maintain a progressive effort to improve the conditions of our communities. La Raza Commission Center believes all people should have unrestricted access to higher education, all people have the right to work to ensure descent pay with dignity, and all peoples have the right to self-determination. La Raza Commission believes a developed movement for self-determination is made by an enhanced cultural identity and civic involvement, as the politics of any people cannot be separated from their culture. This is why it is imporant for all commission activities be planned with this in mind

Past Directors

  • 2009-2010 Jilberto Soto
  • 2008-2009 Renato Mendoza
  • 2007-2008 Maria Guillen
  • 2006-2007 Yecelica Valdivia
  • 2005-2006 Chris Paredes
  • 2004-2005 Edgar Flores
  • 2003-2004 Dee Dee Navarro
  • 2002-2003 Justin Cerrillo


Graduate/Professional Groups:

  • Chicano/Latino Mentorship Network (CLMN)
  • Latino Law Students' Association (LLSA)
  • Latino Medical Students' Association (LMSA)
  • Latino Policy Association (LPA)
  • Latino Social Workers

Undergraduate Student Groups:

  • Americanos y Latinos en Medicina y Ayudando (ALMA)
  • Gamma Alpha Omega (GAO)
  • Hispanic Scholar Chaper (HSC)
  • Hispanic Business Student Association (HBSA)
  • Interested Ladies of Lambda Theta Alpha
  • Kappa Delta Chi (KDChi)
  • Latino Fellowship (La Fe)
  • Lambda Theta Alpha (LTA)
  • Latino Student Union (LSU)
  • Mariachi Quinto Sol
  • Movimiento Estudiantil Chican@ de Aztlan (MEChA)
  • Omega Delta Phi (ODPhi)
  • Radio Magallanes
  • Sigma Lambda Beta (SLB)
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma (SLG)
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
  • Unidas Seremos (US)


  • Adelante! Mentoring Program
  • Bailadores de Bronze
  • Capoeira Angola FICA
  • Caribbean African Jazz and Hip Hop (CAJAH)
  • Committee Pro-San Jeronimo
  • Guatemala Book Project
  • Joyas Mestizas
  • Latino Student Organization [UW Tacoma]
  • Manana Coalition
  • Mano a Mano
  • Minority Association of Pre-health Students
  • MiXed
  • Realistic Effective Active Logistics
  • UW Salsa Club
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