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What Is National Hispanic Hertiage Month?

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

Highlighting Prominent Hispanic Americans

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“Ellen Ochoa" has gone down in history for being the first Hispanic American woman to go to space when she joined the 9-day mission aboard the Discovery shuttle in 1993. Ellen Ochoa’s grandparents emigrated from Mexico to the USA and eventually settled in California, where Ochoa was born in 1958. After earning her bachelor’s degree in physics, she went on to gain a master’s and doctorate in engineering from Stanford University.” Visit Resource International Pathways Online. 

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“Cesar Chavez" Born in Arizona in 1927 to a Mexican-American family, Cesar Chavez was a labor leader and civil rights activist. Having worked as a manual laborer, he was concerned with farm workers’ rights. After serving in the Navy, he became involved with the Community Service Organization (CSO) in California, an important civil rights organization for Latinx people. Along with Dolores Huerta, he co-founded the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA) and led peaceful protests and marches to advocate for Latinx civil rights. Chavez was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and his legacy lives on today in workers’ rights movements.” Visit Resource International Pathways online. 

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 "Dolores Huerta" Born in New Mexico in 1930, Dolores would go on to become a leading civil rights activist. She met Cesar Chavez in California while working for the CSO, and the two bonded. Together they formed the NFWA in 1962, and Huerta made a name for herself by leading successful workers’ strikes, and later with her work for women’s rights. 

 

Now, in her 90s, she is the face of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, whose mission is to “inspire and organize communities to build volunteer organizations empowered to pursue social justice.” 

 

Huerta has received several accolades throughout her career, including the inaugural Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights in 1998, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.” Visit Resource International Pathways online.  

National Hispanic Heritage  "Community Service" Awardee's 

Awardee 2019

1. Brandon Todd - Council member

2. Claudia Campos- Family Place

3. Ms. Irene - CSC Employee

4. Leticia Acosta- CSC Employee

5. Jasmin Benab- Mayor Employee

 

Awardees 2020

1. Arthur Mola - Cardozo Principal

2. Rubio Gomez - CSC Employee

3. Brianne Nadeau- Councilwoman

4. Haley Wiggins- The family place ED

5.Eddy Gonzalez- Chase Branch Manager

6. LORRAINE GARCIA-PIRIZ

Awardee 2021

1. Maria Tukeva- CHEC principal

2. Jackie Reyes- MOLA director

3. Sergio Luna- Roosevelt HS Soccer Coach

4. Aris and Raymond Campos- Business Owner

5. Patricia Sullivan- CSC Employee