The Office of Latinx Engagement and Outreach (LEO) at A&M-Commerce is facilitating the creation of a Latino Staff and Faculty Association at the university. This first-of-its-kind group for the campus' Latino population was established to provide representation of diverse staff and faculty at key decision and stakeholder opportunities, empower Latino/Hispanic professionals, assist the university in becoming a federally recognized Hispanic Serving Institution, and aid the university with its diversity, equity and inclusion goals. This group has been a long time coming, with talks beginning almost eight years ago. Association founders shared that more than 50 interested university members attended the first official meeting on October 8. The association anticipates monthly meetings to begin in November, and interested parties can contact them at [email protected].