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Public advocacy groups are organized around specific causes, such as employment, education or civil rights. Many professional development, mentoring, outreach and volunteer opportunities are available to individuals by participating in these groups. The following are a number of groups with which the Navy collaborates.  





  • Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU): Established in 1986, HACU represents more than 450 colleges and universities committed to Hispanic higher education success in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Latin America, Spain and Portugal. U.S. member institutions are home to more than two-thirds of all Hispanic college students. HACU is the only national educational association that represents Hispanic-serving institutions. Leaders of HACU member and partner colleges and universities join public policymakers, key federal agency leaders, allied organizations, corporate, community and philanthropic representatives at what has become a powerful national platform for winning public- and private-sector support for Hispanic higher education. Key to these strategic forums are annual visits to Capitol Hill, which allow leaders in the Hispanic higher education community to interact directly with key members of the House and Senate. 
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) White House Initiative: The purpose of this White House Initiative is to strengthen the capacity of HBCUs to provide excellence in education.  This event is designed to highlight the achievements of HBCUs, as well as to discuss many of the critical issues that are currently impacting institutions of higher education.


  • League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC): LULAC seeks to advance the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, health, and civil rights of the Hispanic population in the United States.  The organization held its first national conference in 1929 and sponsors programs in leadership, corporate alliance, literacy, citizenship, housing, integration, and youth leadership seminars.


  • MANA - A National Latina Organization: Founded in 1974 as the Mexican-American Women's National Association,  MANA is the single largest pan-Latina organization in the United States. MANA values:  the empowerment of Latinas, positive risk taking, community activism, sharing of culture and heritage, defining our own agenda, creative and critical thinking, equality and fairness, and honoring and valuing the contributions of Latinas. 


  • National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO): The mission of NAFEO is to champion the interests of historically and predominantly black colleges and universities with the executive, legislative, regulatory and judicial branches of federal and state government and with corporations, foundations, associations and non-governmental organizations; to provide services to NAFEO members; to build the capacity of HBCUs, their executives, administrators, faculty, staff and students; and to serve as an international voice and advocate for the preservation and enhancement of historically and predominantly black colleges and universities and for blacks in higher education.


  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP): Formed in 1909 by a multiracial group, the NAACP is a non-profit organization with the principal objective of ensuring the political, educational, social, and economic equality of minority citizens and eliminating racial prejudice. The NAACP is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights organization.

  • Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF): The mission of the TMCF is to develop and prepare a new generation of leaders by providing scholarships, resources, opportunities and advocacy to public Historically Black Colleges and Universities, students and alumni.

    Please note: There are many affinity groups around the country with respected charters, and this is not an exhaustive list.

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