UnidosUS Honors Latino Community Trailblazers

CHICAGO—UnidosUS, the nation’s largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization, honored five leaders and trailblazers tonight for 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 2023 Annual Conference in Chicago.

“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 media, community development, or activism.”

This year’s awardees include:

  • Ruben Salazar Award for Communications: Alfredo Corchado, an acclaimed correspondent journalist for the Dallas Morning News who has immensely impacted the Latino narrative in this country and consistently advocated for the Hispanic perspective.

  • Graciela Olivarez La Raza Award: Maria Gabriela “Gaby” Pacheco, Director of Advocacy, Development, and Communications at TheDream.us, for her unwavering dedication to immigrant rights advocacy and advancing social justice and equity.

  • Raul Yzaguirre President’s Award: Marc Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League, for his leadership in redefining the civil rights movement in the 21st century with a renewed emphasis on closing the economic gaps between rich and poor Americans.

  • Maclovio Barraza Award for Leadership: Juan Salgado, Chancellor, City Colleges of Chicago for his longstanding commitment to empowering underserved community members in Chicago through educational and economic opportunities.