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HACU Helps You Develop Latino Talent Pipeline

Is your leadership pipeline missing out on Latino recruits? HACU's program identifies and trains Latino students who become corporate interns and valued employees.

Is your leadership pipeline missing out on Latino recruits? The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities program identifies and trains Latino students who become corporate interns and valued employees.

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When senior tax consultant Juan Betancourt first came to the United States from Colombia, he knew his only option for success was to graduate college: "I knew it would be hard for my father to afford college, so I came to live with an aunt in Texas" and work full time as a dishwasher to get an accounting degree from the University of Texas.

However, a roadblock during Betancourt's sophomore year almost prevented him from graduating. "All my college buddies had gotten internships at great companies. I had nothing and panicked. I was the first person in my family to go to college and didn't understand all the things you have to do," he says.

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities' (HACU) National Internship Program (HNIP) helped him get the experience he needed with an internship at Deloitte, No. 8 in The 2012 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity. The program places high-performing college students with paid internships at corporations such as DiversityInc Top 50 companies PricewaterhouseCoopersSodexoMarriott InternationalEli Lilly and Company, and Target. Students also are placed at federal agencies. HNIP held its 20th-anniversary celebration gala on Oct. 22 in Washington, D.C., and has placed more than 10,000 students to date. Thirty-three percent of interns receive offers of employment, and 57 percent of the offers are accepted, HACU reports.

"If it wasn't for HACU's connections, I'd have a different type of job and career," says Paola Marte, HACU alumnae and senior tax consultant for Deloitte in New York City. Marte, born in the Dominican Republic, was among the first in her family to attend college. "The Big Four don't recruit at small schools like mine [Barton College in North Carolina]," she says. "HACU was the bridge that allowed me to go to a large firm and line up a job before graduation."

The transition from college to career is clear-cut for many middle-class students: You take classes, obtain an internship, graduate and then apply for jobs. But a majority of first-generation college-goers, many of whom are Latinos and immigrants, aren't aware of the opportunities available to them, according to Dr. Antonio R. Flores, president and CEO of HACU. And the majority of Latino parents don't have the career knowledge needed to provide the necessary guidance.

"Lack of exposure to development of expertise, successful interviews, taking corporate exams for entry or for full-time opportunities—all these things need to be addressed," says Dr. Flores.  "Latino students need to know it's possible for them to go into these high-performing careers, that these types of positions are available."

Dr. Flores adds, "We have to make them think of themselves as professional, then give them a game plan to get there."

Democrats in Midterm Jeopardy Over Poor Outreach to Latinos

Failure to directly address concerns leads to weak support. Races in Nevada, Arizona, Texas and Florida, states with growing Hispanic populations, are bungled.


Democrats are struggling to secure the Latino vote in the midterm elections because the party did not engage Latino voters strongly enough.

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D.C. Principal Busted Mocking Black Student's Sexual Assault Claim

"Oh, I'm going to have a long drawn out email just so I can embarrass her ass," stated James.

Roosevelt High School Principal Aqueelha James

A Washington, D.C. principal, Aqueelha James, who was caught on tape mocking a Black female freshman's sexual assault claim, faces a lawsuit for neglecting to sufficiently investigate the allegations.

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Latino Man Called Racial Slurs at Chicago Cubs Game: Video

Racial slurs hurled in bleachers on Hispanic Heritage Night resulted in a brawl.


The Chicago Cubs might have broken their long drought of world series titles but they have not changed their racist fan base.

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Rookie Cops Call Latino Man 'Fake American,' Brutally Beat Him and Get Arrested

Videos proved the officers lied about the series of events.

John Galman and Spencer Sutton, two officers in the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD), were arrested after an off-duty fight with a Latino man that sent him to the hospital. The department has also begun termination proceedings as the two lied about what happened.

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'Darth Becky' Calls a Latino American Citizen 'Rapist' and 'Animal': Video

Video gone viral with more than 5 million views. Darth Becky credits Trump as her source for "facts" about Latinos.

Roll call: BBQ Becky, Permit Patty and now Darth Becky — white women caught on video being racist.

This week, a video has gone viral of an unidentified white woman going off on a racist rant against a Latino man and his mother. The woman, now pegged "Darth Becky," said she hated them because they are "Mexican."

Esteban Guzman and his mother were clearing a backyard in Running Springs, which is located more than 50 miles east of Los Angeles, on Saturday. Guzman was born in California and has a full-time job in IT as a systems administrator but works in construction on weekends to supplement his income, according to The Guardian. He happened to be helping his Mexican-born mother that day.

In the video, the woman approaches the two, gets close to Guzman and points her finger in his face. Guzman's mother filmed the incident.

"Why do you hate us?" Guzman can be heard saying.

"Because you're Mexican," the woman responded.

"We're honest people right here," he said.

"You're rapists, and animals," she said. "Drug dealers, rapists and animals."

The woman also mentioned President Trump in her rant.

"I don't like to play the blame game," Guzman told the New York Daily News. "Just because the president of the United States says something, it does not give you the right to act like him."

During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump gained supporters by calling Mexicans rapists and committing to building a wall between Mexico and the U.S. In May, he referred to some people deported from the U.S. as "animals."

Last week, amid the border crisis ushered in by the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy, he tweeted that immigrants will "infest our country." Trump continues his rhetoric that immigrants are criminals, even though they are less likely to commit crimes than native-born Americans.

"She was yelling at my mom [to] go back to Mexico," Guzman told The Guardian of the woman's actions.

"I was like hey, what's the problem? And she said we were all illegals. I told her: 'I'm a United States citizen.' And she obviously she didn't believe me."

Video: Rep. Cummings Says What Every Non-Bigoted American Thinks About Trump's 'Zero Tolerance' Policy

"We will not keep kids in internment camps," declared Cummings."This is the United States of America."

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) expressed what compassionate, non-bigoted Americans feels about the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy on immigration — "We are better than that."

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Steve Bannon, former White House chief strategist, said that slain civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would be "proud" of what President Donald Trump has done for Blacks and Latinos in the U.S.

Bannon was the CEO of Trump's presidential campaign. Trump gained supporters by calling Mexicans rapists, committing to building a wall between Mexico and the U.S., allowing Black people to be physically assaulted at his rallies and lightly disavowing the support of white supremacists.

"Martin Luther King ... he would be proud of what Donald Trump has done for [the] Black and Hispanic working class, okay?" Bannon said on "This Week" Sunday.

On Sunday, King's daughter, Bernice King, CEO of The King Center, re-tweeted a post from The Washington Post reporter Eugene Scott who referenced a similar claim Bannon had made previously. She included a response, simply stating: “Absolutely not."

In May, King tweeted:

Bannon said in March at an event with far-right French politicians that they should "wear" accusations of racism "as a badge of honor."

Let them call you racist. Let them call you xenophobes," he said. “Let them call you nativists. Wear it as a badge of honor. Because every day, we get stronger and they get weaker."

Bannon said on Sunday that he was “talking specifically about Donald Trump and his policies."

“His economic nationalism doesn't care about your race, your religion, your gender, your sexual preference," he said.

The Trump administration's “zero tolerance" immigration policy is currently separating children of undocumented immigrants from their mothers and fathers.

King tweeted on Sunday:

Video: Because of Immigration 'There Aren't Enough White Kids to Go Around,' Says Republican Lawmaker

House Minority Leader Rebecca Rios (D-Phoenix) said Rep. David Stringer's rhetoric echoes "white nationalists like David Duke."


David Stringer, a Republican lawmaker in Arizona running for re-election, made racist comments about immigration, warning his Republican constituents that children of color will overtake schools, and the country, leaving little room for white children.

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