Latinos Unidos for College and Higher Achievement (LUCHA)

The Mission of the LUCHA program is to better represent the cultural diversity and identities across the Latinx campus community. We assist in the recruitment, retention, and academic success of Latinx students attending Minneapolis College. Through culturally relevant academic advising, leadership development, honors society opportunities, cultural programming, and community outreach, we empower students so that they reach their fullest potential.

Culturally Relevant Advising

Get academic advising from an advisor that is actively part of the Latino community. We offer advising from a Latinx perspective where topics such as family, work, responsibilities, and mixed status families are taken into consideration. 

Program Benefits

We will assist you with the following to get you started:

  • Choose a major
  • Select appropriate college courses and class registration
  • Student E-mail /D2L
  • Financial Aid Assistance
  • Info on ordering Textbooks
  • Visa (U-visa /F1 Visa) Questions

We will continue to work with you in the following areas until you graduate or transfer to a 4-year college:

  • Keep you on track toward graduation
  • Connect with job and career fairs
  • Network with the community and American Indian cultural events
  • Problem solve
  • Academic Advising appointments (Navigate)
  • Appeals
  • Scholarships
  • Bills and Payment 
  • Transfer Pathways
  • Auggie Plan Questions
  • Raices Unidas Student Club
  • Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society
  • Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC)
  • Star Scholars Scholarship Avelino Mills-Novoa 

Student Leadership Opportunities

We invite you to join the student led Raíces Unidas student club. You may contact the club presidents Karina Vega Morales and Rigoberto Gonzales.

We also invite you to join Phi Theta Kappa honors society. You may contact the honors society advisor, Francie Bubna-Walker.

LUCHA Center

The Center is a safe place to gather together in community. It is located in the Helland Center room H.2701. All are welcome to study, meet new friends, have access to computers and organize events.

LUCHA Cultural Events

  • Indigenous Peoples Day
  • Dia De los Muertos
  • Noche Latina

Contact Us

Vladimir Dircio

LUCHA Program Coordinator
Star Scholar Advisor
Phone: 612-200-5443
Room: H2701