University of Illinois students visit LUPE!

While many students spend their winter break relaxing from a tough semester, ten students from the University of Illinois decided to use their winter break to engage in a learning and volunteer experience. Last week, we were excited to host these students from Chicago as participants of the Alternative Winter Break (AWB) program. According to their website, the AWB program “embodies the spirit of voluntarism, and seeks to tackle serious issues relevant to the nation’s community.” A pretty commendable goal for students on break from rigorous classes!

So what all did these students get to do? While visiting our offices, they learned about our work and engaged in volunteer work around some of our main issues in the Valley and at the border. The students also volunteered their time at Proyecto Azteca to help build houses and also helped conduct surveys in some of our communities. These students also had a chance to visit some Colonias and participate in house meetings to understand what community organizing really means when it comes to building leadership & power in low-income communities.

The students came during a good week: Rep. Gutierrez introduced the CIR-ASAP immigration reform bill and we had many actions planned. Here’s another picture of our students eating tamales, reading the CIR bill summary, and calling the White House to push for immigration reform:

If your school is interested in engaging in an alternative break program with LUPE, please contact us at


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