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Latinos Unidos Monmouth (LUM) . Co-founded by: Jaime Godina , 4 th Ward Alderman City of Monmouth, Ricardo Montoya, Community Organizer, Illinois Coalition for Community Services, & Carina Olaru , Assistant Professor, Modern Foreign Languages Monmouth College

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latinos unidos monmouth lum
Latinos Unidos Monmouth (LUM)
  • Co-founded by: Jaime Godina, 4th Ward Alderman City of Monmouth, Ricardo Montoya, Community Organizer, Illinois Coalition for Community Services, & Carina Olaru, Assistant Professor, Modern Foreign Languages Monmouth College
  • First inaugural meeting held January 14, 2013 at Warren County Public Library
  • The group consists of local business entreprenuers, college professors, high school teachers, local residents, and college students
mission statement
  • “Latinos Unidos de Monmouth (LUM) works to empower and unite the Monmouth Latino community by providing educational, recreational, and cultural opportunities. Further, we aim to create a bridge between the diverse populations residing in Monmouth.”
community outreach programs
Community Outreach Programs
  • Implemented “Latino/a College Days” Seminar
  • The group gave presentation the importance of higher education to Latino high school students
  • Lectured two “Temporary Visitor Drivers License” presentations at Monmouth-Roseville High School
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Community Outreach Programs
  • Conducted a research and data analysis at Monmouth-Roseville Jr. High School
  • Proposed an opportunity for residents and local rural towns to renew their documents assistance by Mexico’s Consulate Agency
  • Anticipated to conduct a 5K theme run project to raise scholarship funds to be given to a potential Latino/a high school student
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“Latino Youth College Days”
  • LUM invited Hispanic alumnus from a variety of college institutions to speak their college experiences.
  • Mr. Gabriel Lara, Casa Latina Director from Western Illinois University spoke to high school students and parents to be involved in student organizations.
  • Mr. Lara also involved W.I.U. (LASO) Latin American Student Organization students speak their experiences joining student organizations.
types of seminars
Types of Seminars
  • LUM invited bi-lingual Financial Aid Representative to speak to parents to find funds to paid for their child’s education.
  • High school students listen to several speakers choose their majors and plan to pursue their employment.
  • Racies student organization discuss their involvement within their college programs and community involvement.
  • Last seminar workshop consists of networking with alumnus, professors, or current students.
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(TVDL) Temporary Visitors Drivers Liscense
  • LUM invited residents, whom didn’t have proper documentation to apply for drivers license.
  • State of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill into law allowing immigrants to apply for a temporary drivers licenses.
  • The LUM group aided residents by reviewing six different verification documents prior to setting an appointment to take drivers license exam.

Individual’s history


  • The group gave contact information to talked to traffic attorney/immigration attorney.
  • Undocumented immigrants had limited documents to apply for drivers license.
  • We invited a immigration attorney to speak to the residents by via Skype in our workshops.
future 5ktheme project
Future 5KTheme Project
  • The group discussed in creating a 5K Theme Project for Fall 2014.
  • The purpose in conducting this race is to raise funds for a potential minority scholarship.
  • Monmouth College communication students are assisting with this project as a learning experience using their communication skills.
  • We split the groups into 5 small groups.
city of monmouth
City of Monmouth
  • 9,444 residents reside in Monmouth, Illinois.
  • Census 2010 Hispanic/Latino are second largest diversity group with 15%-17% of the population.
  • Three of the largest in employers are Monmouth College, Farmland, and Wells Pet Foods.
  • Special Events held in the city: Cruise Night, Blues Festival, and 4th of July Flying Breakfast.