Loras LULAC Members Gain Experience at Political Event

 Loras LULAC students attend town hall meeting in Des Moines

Loras students hit the road to learn more about politics in Iowa.

Members of the Loras chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Council 380 attended a town hall in Des Moines, hosted by LULAC National and NewsmaxTV. LULAC advisor, Sergio Perez (’13), along with office coordinator for the Center for Inclusion & Advocacy Cindy Behnke, traveled with the students to the town hall which was held in the Iowa Events Center.

Democratic presidential candidates and more than 500 eligible and registered Latino voters in and around Des Moines, focused on the issues of importance to the Hispanic electorate in Iowa. The event comes after a successful advocacy campaign led by LULAC to overturn a Voter ID Law in Iowa.

Presidential candidates in attendance included Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT), Former U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro, and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) via pre-recorded video. The crowd in attendance then participated in a Q & A session after each candidate gave their introduction.

LULAC National President Domingo Garcia stated, “Today’s Town Hall is a unique opportunity for candidates to address and connect with Iowa’s Latino voters, a key constituency group that will have a big seat at the table at the Iowa Caucuses.”

The opportunity to attend events like these are essential for LULAC members here at Loras, as they look to continue to learn about and advocate for the issues that are prevalent in the Latinx community, not only at national level, but within Dubuque as well.

About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2019, Loras was the second-highest ranked Catholic college in the state of Iowa according to College Consensus, the 16th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the third consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 10th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).