Latinx United for Change and Activism, better known as LUChA, is a club that one can join at Salt Lake Community College.
Previously known as Latinos in Action, LUChA re-branded approximately two years ago, but has held the same mission of promoting higher education and empowering its members to live to their potential.
LUChA seeks to increase the number of students attaining a college education and becoming professionals, according to the club description. LUChA’s president, Humberto Sanchez Conejo, discussed what members can expect when joining the club.
“We just want people to come and have a support group, so they don’t feel like they’re by themselves,” says Conejo. “We are trying to make it more inclusive by creating resources for the students. We’ve been trying to hold scholarship nights, try to raise money for the Bruin Dream scholarship.”
LUChA has developed partnerships with other universities and teaming up with SOMOS, a club at the University of Utah that has the same goal of being an inclusive place for all students. The clubs hosted Undocuweek, a series of events that included panels, speakers and a film that educated participants about the hardships that undocumented students face.
LUChA is also doing everything in their power to keep student engagement at an all-time high.
“We acknowledge that lots of students have other life responsibilities, they also have to work, take care of the family; we want to make sure it’s kind of easier to join and be a part of it,” says Conejo.
The club is changing its meeting schedule to accommodate students as best it can.
“Instead of a Friday, where most people don’t have classes, we will be switching out to a Thursday,” says Conejo.
The club meets Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m. in room 252 of the Student Center building at Taylorsville Redwood Campus. Anyone can visit and join if they are interested.