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La L.U.C.H.A., which stands for Latino Undergraduates Creating History in America (formerly the Hispanic American Society) was founded in the summer of 1989 by a group of Latino students, the majority of whom were incoming freshman attending Syracuse Institute Program (now known as Summerstart). These students were concerned about the lack of an organization on campus that would express the needs and concerns of Latinos. The name of the organization was changed to La L.U.C.H.A. due to the growing discontent with the word 'hispanic'. Lucha is the Spanish word for struggle, or fight; what we as Latinos must do all over the Americas to survive.


La L.U.C.H.A sponsors political, social, and cultural evens. Some of our many functions we sponsor poetry nights, movie series, panel discussions, parties, and an annual music and dance exhibition like Cafe Con Leche and Quisqueya. Our past major speakers include N.Y.C Poet Tony Medina, author Piri thomas, activist and actor Morena Vega, director of N.Y.V Caribbean Cultural Center. Presentations have covered such topics as AIDS, Chicanos, Santeria, Cuba, the Young Lords Party, and political prisoners. In addition, a formal cultural dinner dance is held annully as a culmination of the year's progress. In the past we've worked with the Caribbean Student Association (CSA), Lambda Pi Chi Sorority Inc. Sigma Iota Alpha Sorority Inc., Sigma Lambda Upsilon Sorority Inc, Omega Phi Beta Sorority Inc, Latin American Studies Department (LAS), Language Literature and Linguistics (LLL), Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA), The Office of Residence Life (ORL) and the Program Development Office. La L.U.C.H.A. is an organization which attemps to accomplish that which will cater to the Latino Community, as well as the Syracuse University Community. However, this can only be done through the support and active participation.