UTRGV Office for Sustainability awards $1,000 to ENACTUS for national competition

The UTRGV Office for Sustainability has awarded Enactus UTRGV, a student organization, a check for $1,000 for their advancement to the 2017 Enactus U.S. National Exposition in Kansas City, Missouri, May 21-23.

The UTRGV Office for Sustainability has awarded Enactus UTRGV, a student organization, a check for $1,000 for their advancement to the 2017 Enactus U.S. National Exposition in Kansas City, Missouri, May 21-23. The award is for the group’s work involving several of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, including healthy living initiatives, women empowerment, youth development, no poverty, quality education, industry, innovation, infrastructure, and decent work and economic growth. From left are Deborah Fitzwater-Dewey of the Office for Sustainability; Luis Velazquez, ENACTUS UTRGV president; Ramiro Quintero, vice president; Jocelyn Quintero, fund-raising officer; Joey Saenz, Enactus member; Eva Larraga, marketing/graphic designer; and Maria Leonard, faculty advisor.

By Deborah Fitzwater-Dewey

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – MAY 11, 2017 – The Office for Sustainability is awarding Enactus UTRGV a check for $1,000 for their advancement to the 2017 Enactus U.S. National Exposition in Kansas City, Missouri, May 21-23. 

Enactus UTRGV was created in the fall of 2015 at the College of Business and Entrepreneurship, and named Rookie of the Year and Regional Champions during the 2015-2016 academic year.

The Office for Sustainability gave the award to Enactus UTRGV for their work, which involved several of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, including healthy living initiatives, women empowerment, youth development, no poverty, quality education, industry, innovation, infrastructure, and decent work and economic growth.

During this academic year (2016-2017), the Enactus UTRGV team organized multiple projects in the Rio Grande Valley, aimed at developing educational initiatives and social entrepreneurship as tools for economic development. In collaboration with community partners, Enactus UTRGV students provided training and support for a start-up manufacturing operation headed by a group of women in Peñitas, Texas, and acted as mentors and judges for robotics and entrepreneurship competitions for hundreds of high school students across the Valley. The team also spearheaded a Thanksgiving drive at UTRGV that provided full turkey meals to 180 families during the holidays.

“Enactus UTRGV is not just a student organization. It is the catalyst for the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders who will become the future workforce of the Rio Grande Valley. There is nothing more valuable than investing in our own community,” said Luis Velázquez, ENACTUS UTRGV chapter president

The Enactus U.S. National Exposition is a dramatic, energy-filled events in which teams highlight the collective impact of their community outreach efforts. Students present their projects and are evaluated by business leaders, who rank them on how successful they were at using business concepts to improve the quality of life and standard of living for those in need. The winners of the national competitions are invited to compete at the prestigious Enactus World Cup. 

The annual culmination of the Enactus program is a series of competitions that provide a showcase for teams to present the results of their projects and be evaluated by business leaders who serve as judges. Teams compete first at regional and national levels, then at the international level when the national champion teams from each country meet at the Enactus World Cup.

As an Enactus U.S. Regional Champion, the Enactus University of Texas Rio Grande Valley team now advances to the 2017 Enactus U.S. National Exposition in Kansas City, MO, from May 21-23. From each national competition, one team will be selected to represent their country at Enactus World Cup 2017 in London, England.

Enactus was founded in the United States in 1975 and the United States is now one of 36 countries that operates an Enactus program. The U.S. operates as a division of Enactus and with 533 universities and more than 16,800 student participants. It represents the single largest country operation. Enactus USA has 533 active teams with 16,844 students, 2,123 Community Team projects, and 1,200,000 student volunteer hours.

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