Former La Raza Leader Joins ASU To Develop Hispanic-Based Community Development Institute

Former La Raza Leader Joins ASU To Develop Hispanic-Based Community Development Institute

PHOENIX
The former head of the Washington-based National Council of La Raza joined Arizona State University earlier this month. Raul Yzaguirre will develop a Hispanic-based community development institute and bolster the school’s efforts to raise money, recruit minority faculty and students and accelerate partnerships with minority groups.

Yzaguirre, 65, was a powerful lobbyist for the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights group and built a reputation fighting for minorities in Congress, in corporate boardrooms, schools and nonprofits throughout the nation.

Yzaguirre grew up in San Juan, Texas, a small town just outside McAllen near the Mexican border.

“We expect him to be an advocate, both inside and outside the university, for the issues that are of greatest importance for the Hispanic community and the state of Arizona,” ASU President Michael Crow says. “His leadership will enhance ASU’s efforts in providing academic and career opportunities for Hispanics.”

Yzaguirre will earn $75,000 yearly as part-time presidential professor of practice in community development and civil rights in the College of Public Programs, officials with the Tempe school said.

—  Associated Press



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