ALPFA UCLA

ALPFA UCLA


Hi everyone. Today, I have the pleasure of
speaking with 2 UCLA students. They are Daniel Hurtado
and Henry Nunez. Again, as I said, they are
currently UCLA students. But more importantly,
they are co-presidents of a wonderful student
organization known as ALPFA, which stands for the Association of Latino Professionals
for America. Henry and Daniel, thank you
so much for taking time today to come speak to my students,
to share more information about your organization. Thank you for having
us. Thank you. Cool. So before we
actually
get into ALPFA, could the two of you just kind of briefly
tell me what you’re currently majoring in and what you
eventually plan to do? Yeah, so again, my
name is Henry Nunez. I’m a senior majoring
in Business Economics, and I am the co-president
of ALPFA. And hopefully, I’m aiming
to get a career in banking. Thank you
for having us. My name is Daniel Hurtado,
co-president as well, currently majoring in Economics. I’m currently trying
to pursue a career in the consulting industry
and in the future hope to land my MBA in
around 2 to 3 years. Fantastic! So let’s get to it. So, can you tell my students
more information about ALPFA and all the great benefits
it provides to its members? Yeah, so ALPFA, again,
stands for the Association of Latino Professionals
for America. We are a subset of the
national ALPFA organization. We are just one of the
many university chapters across the nation, and
our mission is really to just empower Latinos
and Latinas to really help them
become leaders in whatever business field
that they choose to pursue. Some of the benefits of being
an ALPFA member is basically getting specialized access
to companies and recruiters. For example, at the end of
this month, we are partnering with Netflix to host
an office tour where minority students are
able to go visit the LA office and just figure out how to
launch a career at Netflix. So, you know, these are some
of the specialized access that you can get
being an ALPFA member. In addition to that,
we also,
actually at our last meeting, brought out EY, recruiters
from EY, to actually speak
to our students. So we do like bringing
the professionals to the students directly. And beyond that, I also
wanted to emphasize, we love to create this
culture and this community where we have like-minded
students all striving to pursue great careers, and everyone just
motivates themselves and pushes themselves. So really, I think,
kind of like a family and like a community,
here at UCLA. So that’s something
that we’re really happy to have established this year, and we hope to continue
in future years. And an example
of that, actually. You know, one of ALPFA members
this past, I think last week, went to an event called “Meet
the Firms” here at UCLA, and one of our members was
talking to a managing director at a Big 4 company. And, you know, they were
having a great conversation; but once the member brought up
that he was an ALPFA member, the other professional said that
he was an ALPFA member as well. So, you know, there was just
an instant connection there. And, you know, they were able
to just continue that network. So. That’s awesome! And you guys are doing an
amazing job in helping students. So another thing
I wanted to ask. I mean, obviously you
guys are doing great work. Can anyone join ALPFA? I mean, I know, again,
that the primary — the goal of the organization
is to empower Latino students. But what if I’m an
African American student, I’m an Asian student,
a white student? Can they also join
your organization as well and be a member? And I guess a second
part to my question is, I know both of you guys are
Econ, Business Econ majors, but what about if a student,
let’s say, was a Science major, a Math major, a History major,
but they were interested in working in the
business profession, can they also join you guys? That’s a great
question. To the first part of your
question, we are not inclusive to anyone, so we will
accept anyone who believes in our mission statement,
who believes in our values. Therefore, you do not
have to be Latino. As long as you support us, we
will welcome you with open arms. And so, yeah,
and for the majors. You know, you can be
any major essentially. You know, some of our members
are International Development Study majors. They’re Political Science
majors, Philosophy majors. So, you know, as long as
you want to pursue a career in business, it doesn’t
matter what major you are, we’re going to help
you and, you know, give you that guidance
to start your career. Now, something else I
wanted to ask you was — you know, I’m obviously
a lot older. Sorry to say this, but I’m
a lot older than you guys. Now when I went to
college about 20 years ago, I went to college
at UC Berkeley. And so, we didn’t have an ALPFA
chapter there at that time. So we had two well-known
professional organizations. They were — one of
them was Delta Sigma Pi, which is our Business
fraternity, and we also had Beta Alpha Psi, which is the Accounting
co-ed fraternity. Both of them, again, are great
professional organizations. But one of the, I would
say, minor downsides of those organizations was
that if you wanted to be one of their members, you had to
commit a great deal of time. There were so many activities
that you had to join in order to be an official member. And that might not work with
some students who have to work to support themselves, right? Because if you’re putting
in that many hours, it’s almost like
a part-time job, a really heavy part-time job. So with ALPFA UCLA, what
are the time requirements? Yeah, so we
essentially say that there’s no straight
time commitment. We know that people are busy
and, you know, they have a lot of other things to do. They might have part-time jobs. They might even have
full-time jobs. What we would say, though,
however, is our mission, again, is to really just empower, you
know, our members to, you know, get access to these resources,
to workshops, to anything, to essentially take advantage
of what we’re providing them. So essentially, you know,
if being an active member for anyone in ALPFA, we would
just say that, you know, if there’s a workshop,
if there’s any resources that they want, just to
take advantage of that. You know, we really
want to help them out. And so, you know, if they
want to commit much time to maybe developing
themselves, you know, we’ll definitely work with them. If maybe they just
need a couple of gaps in their professional
development, then, you know, that’s all fine as well. Great! So my last
question for you guys is, I know both of you guys
have done some internships at top firms, so I was curious, where do you think you
guys will be working when you graduate
in 1 or 2 years? Yeah, so, I actually
interned this past summer at J.P. Morgan in San Francisco. I’m actually going
to be returning back in their LA office within the
middle market banking division. Cool! For me, it’s still
an open question. I would hope to work at a major
consulting firm, but really, anywhere, you know, where I
could interview and just, like, tell people my story, I
would be happy to work there. So right now, it’s
really just trying to see where’s the
best fit, best culture. So really, I’m just open
to anything at this point. Well, great. Maybe then I could convert you
to go into accounting, right? And work for one of
the Big 4 CPA firms. So hey, thank you both for
taking time today to come speak with me, to do this
video session. I think my students really
heard a lot of good things about your organization,
and I hope some of them will consider
joining ALPFA. So thank you so much, and
I look forward to chatting with you guys in
the near future. Yeah. Sounds good. Same here. Thank you. Thank you so much.

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