UnidosUS Honors Latino Community Trailblazers

SAN ANTONIO—UnidosUS, the nation’s largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization, honored tonight five leaders and trailblazers creating meaningful change for the Latino community. UnidosUS President and CEO Janet Murguía presented the awards during the gala marking the conclusion of the organization’s 2022 Annual Conference in San Antonio.

“These honorees personify the tenacity and fortitude it takes to make meaningful and enduring strides toward equity,” said UnidosUS President and CEO Janet Murguía. “These are the people who reflect the true fabric of our country… the leaders committed to ensuring the Latino perspective is woven into all parts of our society, whether it’s the arts, sports, the media, community development, or activism.”

This year’s awardees include:

  • Graciela Olivarez La Raza Award:  Eduardo Díaz, Acting Deputy Director of the National Museum of the American Latino, for significant contributions to promoting the interests of Hispanic Americans.
  • Maclovio Barraza Award for Leadership: Rosie Castro, a civil rights activist working tirelessly for the betterment of the Hispanic community at the grassroots level and whose leadership is a source of strength and inspiration.
  • Ruben Salazar Award for Communications: Jean Guerrero, Los Angeles Times columnist who has demonstrated excellence in the field of communications and journalism.
  • Raul Yzaguirre President’s Award: Tommy Espinoza, Co-founder, President & Chief Executive Officer of the Raza Development Fund, who has shown outstanding support for UnidosUS’s mission.
  • Roberto Clemente Award for Sports Excellence: Iván “Pudge” Rodríguez, Major League Baseball Hall of Famer, renowned in the world of sports and committed to the advancement of Latinos.