LASO members build new relationships at national conference

LASO members at USHLI National Conference

Members of LASO gather at the USHLI National Conference held at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers in Chicago.

The Aurora University Latin American Student Organization (LASO) continued its annual tradition last weekend attending the United States Hispanic Institute (USHLI) National Conference in downtown Chicago. Thirty members of LASO spent their weekend at the three-day conference interacting with other students and networking with professionals in their respective career areas.

The USHLI National Conference is the largest Hispanic leadership conference in the nation, attracting 2,000-3,000 participants, including high school and college students, young and mid-career professionals, senior citizens, and public officials representing all levels of government. The conference brings participants together to develop and strengthen their leadership skills, and featured a variety of speakers from young career professionals to Hispanic leaders in both the public and private sector.

This year, LASO members not only attended the event, but one member also was honored with the opportunity to present to 1,000 conference participants. LASO president, Ignacio Cervantes was the official welcome speaker for the Health & Nutrition Breakfast on Saturday February 16.

For sophomore political science major and LASO vice president, Hector Velazquez, the conference was a success as it is occasions like this that gives LASO the chance to experience new things together. “I personally love this conference,” says Velazquez. “There are so many opportunities to network and build new relationships with speakers, other students or just any person you meet.”

LASO hopes to take what was learned throughout the weekend and apply it to the AU campus, whether that be through multi-cultural events or other programs related to relationship building and campus involvement.

“LASO is dedicated and works hard to bring the AU community together,” says Velazquez. “We hope to bring many more events and future collaborations with other organizations on campus.”

For more information on LASO, visit aurora.edu/student-life/activities/orgs/culturalethnic.