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April 24, 2001

La Raza President Speaks at CSUS

Raul Yzaguirre, one of the most widely recognized leaders in the Chicano community, will speak at California State University, Sacramento at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 1 in the University Union Redwood Room.

Yzaguirre is the president of the National Council of La Raza, a non-profit Chicano/Latino organization with local chapters throughout the country. The NCLR works to develop diversity programs in education, healthcare and the workplace, as well as provide a Latino perspective on social and economic welfare issues that affect the nation's 35 million Hispanics.

A lifelong community activist, Yzaguirre began his civil rights career at age 15 when he organized the American GI Forum juniors, an auxiliary of the American GI Forum veteran's organization. After graduating high school in 1958, he served in the Air Force Medical Corps while completing his bachelor's degree at George Washington University.

In 1969, Yzaguirre founded the Interstate Research Associates organization, the first Mexican American research group, which he built into a multimillion-dollar non-profit consulting firm. Yzaguirre also serves on the visiting committee for the John F. Kennedy government school at Harvard University and is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations.

In his speech at CSUS, Yzaguirre will talk about creating business and art partnerships in diverse communities. For more information call (916) 278-6101. Media assistance is available by contacting the CSUS office of public affairs at (916) 278-6156.


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