Latino U College Access is a nonprofit organization that transforms lives by making college dreams a reality for low-income, first-generation, Latino youth. Our mission is to empower students on their journeys to and through college so they can fulfill their remarkable potential.
We guide students, who have demonstrated academic aptitude, through individualized coaching and culturally relevant programming to ensure they enroll in schools that meet their financial and academic needs.
LUCA was founded in 2012 by Shirley Acevedo Buontempo to address the inequity first-generation Latino students face while pursuing their college dreams. Shirley experienced the transformative power of education firsthand. Born in Puerto Rico, she moved to the Bronx when she was ten. After navigating the school system and learning English, Shirley was the first in her family to graduate from college.
Board of Directors
Shirley Acevedo Buontempo
Lisa M. Bell – Treasurer
Shawn Edwards – Vice Chairman
Executive Director, LUCA
Christine Louvet – Secretary
Miguel M. Mendez
Stephen Moroney – Chairman
Aldo J. Polak
The Brookings Institution
Merritt Healthcare Advisors
Rodrigo Trelles Zabala
Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s
Class of 2022 Familia Appreciation Day – Highlight Reel
Scholar Message – Familia Appreciation Day 2022
9th Annual Benefit – Visiones: Ripple Effect Highlights
Grateful for Our LUCA Familia – A Thanksgiving Message from Latino U Scholars
Leadership Transition Message
Latino U College Access Presents – Visiones: Ripple Effect
Why Hispanic Heritage Month is Important to Me!
Michelle's Ripple Effect at UPenn
#GraduateTogether Class of 2021 Latino U Scholar Graduation Celebration Event Highlights