new LULAC national president

San Antonio woman elected LULAC national president
— reported by the Houston Chronicle

Rosa Rosales has been elected the national president of the League of United Latin American Citizens, making her the second woman to lead the group in its 77-year history.

Rosales, 62, won over 70 percent of delegate votes at a weekend convention in Milwaukee, the group said. Rosales, of San Antonio, succeeds outgoing President Hector Flores, of Dallas.

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With about 115,000 members nationally, LULAC is the nation’s largest and oldest Hispanic civil rights organization, according to the group’s Web site. The group operates more than 700 LULAC councils across the country.

Rosales served as the group’s national vice president for the Southwest from 2002 to 2005, and served four one-year terms as its Texas director in the early 1990s.

Rosales said her priorities include creating a new commission on immigration and finding ways to improve education among Latinos. She also plans to meet with members of Congress on issues related to civil rights and equality for Hispanics.

Regarding education, she said she wants to study successful dropout prevention models and implement pilot programs throughout the country.

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