Letters of congratulations to Mr. Raul Humberto Yzaguirre on becoming U. S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic.

Eighth grade students participated in a classroom assignment involving Microsoft Word to write letters of congratulations to Mr. Raul Humberto Yzaguirre on becoming the U. S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic. Mr. Yzaguirre was nominated by President Obama, and confirmed by the U. S. Senate. This is a very special assignment since the students' school ... Raul Yzaguirre School For Success [Houston, Texas] ... is named after this prominent civil rights activist for Hispanics. And the assignment is in keeping with Hispanic Heritage Month [September 15 - October 15]. The students were tasked to write formal letters as they became more aware of their school's namesake, Hispanic rights, and the ambassadorship process. Their letters were sent to Mr. Yzaguirre at the U. S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic [Note: images downloaded from the Internet strictly for educational purposes.].

In 1974, Mr. Yzaguirre was elected the second President of the National Council for La Raza (National Council of the people or community in English) (NCLR). The Ford Foundation was pleased with Yzaguirre and continued to be a top donor of the NCLR throughout Yzaguirre's term. Under him, the organization grew from a regional advocacy group with 17 affiliates to over 300 that serve 41 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. Yzaguirre expanded membership criteria so it was not limited only to ethnic Mexicans, but also included Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Argentines, Cubans and all other Hispanic subgroups.

Statement of Raul Yzaguirre, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, March 11, 2010

Embassy of the United States, Dominican Republic

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