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  • UPRAA closes the year recognizing its Founding Members!

    UPRAA Founding Members from left: Ms. Grace Dewan, Mr. Tomás Esterrich, Ms. Sara Clemente, Mr. Mario Acosta, Dr. Jacob Lozada, and Dr. Margarita Benítez.  During a special celebration at the Embassy of Italy in Washington, D,C., UPRAA celebrated its last event of the year with a well-deserved recognition of its founding members for their contributions and continued…
  • Celebrating the contributions of our Puerto Rican diaspora to the Federal Government: An interview with Ileana Pérez Nieves

    Out of the two million employees in the Federal Government, Hispanics represent only an 8.5% of the federal workforce, according to a report published by the Office of Personnel Management for fiscal year 2015. Despite the staggering numbers, there are Hispanics and Puerto Ricans in particular, who have become the epitome of federal service and…
  • UPRAA grants Sixteen Scholarships to an Outstanding Group of Students in Puerto Rico!

    On Thursday, September 20th, 2016, the Association of University of Puerto Rico Alumni and Friends Abroad (UPRAA) awarded sixteen scholarships to a group of outstanding students who have demonstrated superior academic performance and financial need. During an inspiring ceremony in the Botanic Garden of the University of Puerto Rico, the Interim President, Dr. Celeste Freytes…
  • UPRAA Salutes our Veterans!

    ...for their selfless service to our nation and honors one of its own:  Lieutenant Colonel (US Army Retired), Dennis O. Freytes. It is with great pleasure that UPRAA recognizes one of its own: UPR alumnus, Retired Lieutenant Colonel, Dennis O. Freytes.  Colonel Freytes was recently inducted into the Florida Veteran’s Hall of Fame for his…
  • Former UPRAA President Distinguishes Himself As A Nationwide Political Analyst

    Carlos Mercader is the current Executive Director of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, a D.C. based advocacy organization. He served as Vice-President of UPRAA during the 2012-2014, having served as vice president of the organization the previous the previous two years.  Carlos has distinguished himself as a sought after analyst at Univision, Telemundo, CNNE…
  • UPRAA’s 10th Washington, DC, Hispanic Charity Golf Tournament - A Resounding Success!

    On Friday, September 23rd, 2016, the Association of University of Puerto Rico Alumni and Friends Abroad (UPRAA) celebrated its tenth annual charity golf tournament. “Our Washington DC Hispanic Charity Golf Tournament, held at Joint Base Andrews, brought a record number of sponsors, players, and Wounded Warriors to play golf and enjoy a beautiful day of…
  • Activities in Washington DC recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month

    Each year, Hispanic Heritage month is recognized from September 15 through October 15. The 2016 Theme: "Embracing, Enriching, and Enabling America" invites us to reflect on Hispanic Americans' vitality and meaningful legacy in our Nation's cultural framework. The Presidential proclamation is available at https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/09/15/presidential-proclamation-national-hispanic-heritage-month-2016. Events of Interest: Location: American History Museum, Wallace H. Coulter Performance Plaza Event: Hispanic…
  • 2016 Combined Federal Campaign Now Open

    Join your fellow federal workers who are making extraordinary things possible with their CFC donations. Support UPRAA #44202 by making a generous contribution to our Hispanic Scholarship Fund through the Combined Federal Campaign. Together we can help Hispanic students achieve their educational dreams and aspirations. We can make it possible!     DONATING TO THE…
  • UPRAA Board Member, Jose Orlando Torres recognized by the Government of Puerto Rico

    Jose Orlando Torres is recognized by the Puerto Rico House of Representatives during a moving ceremony in his hometown of Orocovis, PR.  In a motion presented by Honorable Urayoan Hernandez, the House of Representatives recognized Lieutenant Colonel Jose O. Torres for his distinguished service and accomplishments during his 30 years of service with the Armed…
  • UPRAA Announces 2016-2017 Scholarship Program

    Washington, DC - The Association of University of Puerto Rico Alumni and Friends Abroad (UPRAA) is proud to announce the Scholarship Application season is open for the 2016-2017 academic year. We invite Mayaguez students to apply for the UPRAA/Dominion Power Scholarship. UPRAA and Dominion Resources are proud to employ and support all Mayaguez campus students.…
  • An UPRAA Success Story - Dr. Rogelio Mercado-Seda

    Rogelio, a native of Mayaguez, was the first UPRAA Scholar in 2005. He was the beneficiary of a Scholarship to cover his first year of medical studies at the Medical Sciences Campus (Recinto Ciencias Médicas) of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR).  The Scholarship and a Certificate of Achievement were presented during a ceremony attended…
  • Honoring Women's History Month, an interview with Ileana Cruz, Aide to Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor

    About Ileana Ileana Cruz-Marden currently serves as Aide to Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor at the U.S. Supreme Court.  Before working in Justice Sotomayor’s chambers, Ileana interned in the U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) Office of South & Central Asia, where she worked with the former Deputy Assistant USTR on evaluating progress in safety standards and workers’…
  • UPRAA Board Member, Dr. Frances Colón has been appointed as Member of the Board of Directors of Grupo Guayacán Inc.

    Frances Colón, was selected to be a Member of the Board of Directors at of Grupo Guayacán Inc. Frances is a woman of many talents, in addition to her role as Membership Chair in UPRAA’s Board of Directors, she is also the Deputy Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State at the U.S.…
  • UPRAA Board Member Richard Negrón has been selected for HITEC’s Emerging Executive Program

    Richard Negrón was selected by HITEC (Hispanic IT Executive Council) to be part of their Emerging Executive Program. Richard was nominated because of his outstanding performance and leadership at Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC). Mr Negrón will have an assigned IT executive coach for 9 months and will graduate at the Q4 HITEC Summit in Silicone…
  • An UPRAA Love Story

    The Association of the University of Puerto Rico Alumni Association and Friends Abroad (“UPRAA”) is the primary network dedicated to bringing together the alumni and friends of the University of Puerto Rico (“UPR”). Our organization is not-for-profit and composed solely of volunteers. Our events are hosted for the purpose of fostering interests common to our…
  • UPRAA Women’s Leadership series celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

    Over twenty attendees joined us for an intimate  conversation on the use of Hispanic Media as a tool for education and community outreach. The conversation was by led byLatina Leader: Ivelisse Estrada, Senior Vice President from Univisión Communications Inc. UPRAA Women’s Leadership series celebrates Hispanic Heritage  Month Washington, DC–-On October 8th, The Association of University…
  • UPRAA celebrates its tenth annual Charity Golf tournament to benefit Hispanics

    This year’s golf tournament included an air show, a group of wounded warriors and numerous women golfers. Washington, DC (September 18, 2015) - The Association of the University of Puerto Rico Alumni and Friends Abroad (UPRAA) celebrated its annual Hispanic Charity Golf Classic on Friday, September 18, 2015, at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland. The…
  • UPRAA joins the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC)

    You can help too by designating UPRAA (#44202) as your charity of choice starting September 1st. You can help too by designating UPRAA (#44202) as your charity of choice starting September 1st. The Association of University of Puerto Rico Alumni and Friends Abroad (UPRAA) Board of Directors is proud to announce that UPRAA is now…
  • UPRAA Awards Scholarships to Outstanding Students

    San Juan – As part of its mission to support Hispanics achieve their career goals, the Association of University of Puerto Rico Alumni and Friends Abroad (UPRAA) awarded scholarships to 12 outstanding students for their academic excellence. The President of the University of Puerto Rico, Dr. Uroyoan Walker Ramos, received the delegation of UPRAA, headed…