Congratulations to AUCC’s Newest Class of Change Agents Graduates & to the Catholic Diocese of Little Rock as AUCC’s First Change Champions!

2014-15 Change Agents Class 

AUCC proudly recognizes:

Alan Rodriguez (Fayetteville)

Vilma Flores (Springdale)

Gustavo Martinez (Springdale)

Erick Sanchez (Springdale)

Mariaelena Ramos (Rogers)

Cyndi Beltran (Bentonville)

Becky Hudson (Bentonville)

JD Redwine (Fort Smith)

Mirna Torres (Fort Smith)

Emma Alvarez (Fort Smith)

Yoshio Nerino (Fort Smith)

Debbie Rangel (Fort Smith)

Zuly Velasquez (Dardanelle)

Eddie Garcia (Hope)

Alex Chavez (Hope)

Cecilia Alvarado (Hope)

Berta Hernandez Trejo (Hot Springs)

Brenda Bahena (Hot Springs)

Victoria Alfaro (DeQueen)

Miriam Abigail Bahena (DeQueen)

Carmen Narvaez (Little Rock)

Maria Narvaez (Little Rock)

Laura Castillo (Little Rock)

Jose Rivera (Little Rock)

Holly Ajanel (Little Rock)

Irene Mondragon (Dumas)

Maria Mondragon (Dumas)

Bertha Mondragon (Dumas)

Gabriela Navarro (Hermitage)

Maria Santos Andrade (Monticello)

Alberto Sifuentes (Trumann)

Jose Ramirez (Jonesboro)

Gabina Lopez (Jonesboro)

Dulce Lopez (Jonesboro)



Saturday, march 14, 2015, 6:00PM-8:00PM

 First United Methodist Church, Little Rock, AR


Speaking order:

  • Program Opening by AUCC Board Chair Reverend Stephen Copley and AUCC Executive Director Mireya Reith
  • Class of 2014-15 Slideshow
  • Change Agent Project Spotlight, Alan Rodriguez
  • Graduating Class Speakers
  • University of Arkansas-Little Rock EAST Initiative Video
  • Change Champion Award to the Diocese of Little Rock, with remarks by Father Alejandro Puello (Associate Pastor, St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Rogers)
  • Keynote Address by Cónsul Titular David Manuel Preciado Juárez,
  • Consulado de México en Little Rock
  • Conferring of Graduation Certificates to the Change Agents Class of 2014-2015
  • Annual Super Agent Award
  • Class Testimonials
  • Closing by AUCC Board Member Reverend Carsell Mathis, Sr., and Mireya Reith


A Special Thanks to our Change Champions Dinner Friends:

  • James Law Firm
  • Arkansas Hispanic Youth Soccer Association
  • Carlos Cervantes
  • Monterrey Law Firm
  • Diocese of Little Rock.

Arkansas United Community Coalition (AUCC) is a nonprofit, 501(c)3, founded in 2010 to empower immigrants and their communities in Arkansas through organizing, coalition building, leadership development and the promotion of civic engagement. AUCC launched its Change Agents in the spring of 2012 – a nine-month program which provides the direct opportunity for individual Arkansas immigrants to grow in their identities and skills as community organizers through learning-by-doing.

AUCC believes that Arkansas immigrants have both the opportunity and responsibility to be proactive members of their communities, supporting their communities in achieving their full potential. AUCC’s Change Agents program strives to dispel the myth that immigrants cannot also be integral actors in decision-making processes. Instead, by combining practical, skills-based training and the opportunity to hone those skills through the realization of projects, Change Agents aims to demonstrate that immigrants, each doing what they can, have the capacity to bring positive developments to their communities and address challenges that impact everyone.

In its first two year, AUCC graduated 52 Change Agents. In 2014-15, 34 Change Agents from 16 communities from across Arkansas have completed the program: participating in two targeted trainings on Organizing 101; traveling to Arizona and Alabama to learn organizing best practices from established immigrant organizations; completing over 1,000 community surveys to assess local immigrant needs; implementing ten “Vision, Commitment and Action”  workshops aimed at prioritizing immigrant need; and carrying out Get Out the Immigrant Vote, teacher training, scholarship information, deferred action, banking and fundraising projects.

Change Agents has been made possible through the generous donations of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, Southern Partners Fund, Darragh Foundation, New World Foundation, Four Freedoms Fund, the Sunflower Foundation., Walmart, Inc., and individual contributions.