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Latino and Hispanic Faculty & Staff Affinity Group

Our mission

The Latino and Hispanic Faculty & Staff Affinity Group (LHFSA) serves to organize, develop, and elevate our community on campus through advocacy, support, and education.

  • Support: Be the voice of the Latino/Hispanic community, including those who may feel like they don’t have a voice or the opportunities.
  • Advocate: Engage in dialogues with other groups across campus.
  • Inform: Provide insight about the Latino/Hispanic community to the rest of the AU community.
  • Build-Up/Development: Build skills to help with upward mobility, professional development, and more.
  • Visibility: Create a community/support network that demonstrates Latinos/Hispanics as a visible part in leadership and the AU community.

Jackie Garcia - Co-Chair of LHFSA

Claudia Blount - Co-Chair of LHFSA

Elmer Yglesias - Co-Chair of the AU Latino & Hispanic Mentorship Program

Caroline DeLeon - Co-Chair of the AU Latino & Hispanic Mentorship Program

Milton Garcia - Contributing Leader

Kelli Frias - Faculty Representative

Previous Board Members

Christian Maisch - Faculty Representative, Mentor in AU Latino & Hispanic Mentorship Program

Mentorship represents a collaborative approach to professional and personal advancement, for both mentors and mentees. As the first faculty & staff affinity group to develop a mentorship program, we strive to bridge the gap and partner Hispanic, Latino, and Latinx students with similarly identified faculty and staff.

First launched as a 3-month pilot mentorship program in Spring 2019, the AU Latino & Hispanic Mentorship Program has evolved into a year-long initiative with the support of an Inclusive Excellence Mini-Grant. The purpose of this mentorship program is to build a community of connection that promotes personal growth and career development.

Our second cohort of the program was held from September 2019 - March 2020. We are now accepting applications for Fall 2022 Cohort 3. To learn more, visit the AU Latino & Hispanic Mentorship Program website.

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Get Involved

Join our email list to receive information on LHFSA upcoming events, news, and more!



As a group, we aim to support our community on and off-campus. With that in mind, our events are catered by local, Latino-owned restaurants and businesses such as:

We have also raised donations for organizations helping the Latino community including:

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Virtual Cafecito Meet & Greet

Wednesday, September 15
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Registration Encouraged

Get to know our new members on our leadership board! Discover events planned for fall, all while bringing together AU faculty and staff within the Latino/Hispanic community.

Register for Meet & Greet

AU Latino & Hispanic Mentorship Program

Apply Today!

Now accepting applications! Apply to be a mentor and mentee in our AU Latino & Hispanic Mentorship Program. Submit an application by September 24.

View Mentorship Details