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Profile: Lorenzo Herrera

You are very involved in community. What you are working on?
I am involved with UMAS y MEChA, student groups that work to unite, recruit, and retain Chicano students at CU-Boulder.  We are working on our big project for the year, which is developing a summer program for high school students.  We want to bring high school students from across Colorado to campus to focus on leadership and issues facing the Latino community.  It is a program that is open to all students and will be very interactive. 

How did your group come up with this idea?
I was blown away by the Business Leadership Program and how it helped prepare high school students.  I was talking to friends at UMAS y MEChA about this program. For some of us, this is our last year at CU-Boulder and we wanted to honor those who came before us.  There were similar programs in the 1960s and 70s, and we wanted to put life back into these programs of community upbringing.  We were just bouncing ideas off of each other when we came up with our idea.  We talked to other people and administration and found out that it was possible.  We have already raised $5,000 for the program, and are starting to work on the application process.

You graduate in May – any job prospects?
Yes, I already have a job lined up.  I will start in June with Phillips 66 as an Information Technology (IT) Analyst.  I am a member of the Diverse Scholars at the Leeds School of Business, as well as the multi-cultural business student group, and Phillips 66 is one of our sponsors, so I got to connect with them through networking programs.  They also saw my work during a business leadership program, so I actually got the job without a formal interview.  I am very excited, and my family is too.  This is a great start to see if this is what I want to do.

How has CU-Boulder prepared you for the future?
I cannot imagine my success in or out of the classroom without the Diverse Scholars program through the Leeds School of Business.  It connects you with students who have similar goals and aspirations and emphasizes the whole student mindset.  It is not enough to get good grades, it is also important to be a leader through volunteer work or different clubs.  Because UMAS y MEChA is a small group, and we have big aspirations – we all work really hard.  When I was talking to Phillips 66 they wanted students who take initiative.  By being a part of UMAS y MEChA, I have gained the ability to take initiative, make a difference, and put value to what we are doing.