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Nominations Sought for 2013 Annual Latino Heritage Award

News Advisory: Nominations Sought for Latino Heritage Award (English)
Noticias: Nominación al Premio Anual de la Herencia Latina (Spanish)
2013 Nomination Form (English)
2013 Nominación Forma (Spanish)

Mayor Mike McGinn and the City of Seattle Latino City Employees Organization (LCE) announced today nominations are being accepted for the Ninth Annual Latino Heritage Award.

The Latino Heritage Award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the City of Seattle’s diverse communities, specifically in the Latino community by displaying leadership, innovation, creativity, and dedication. Through their contributions, award recipients inspire others to be involved in the Latino community and make a difference.

Mayor McGinn and LCE will present the award on October 26, 2013, during the evening Latino Heritage Award Celebration, following the Dia de Muertos Festal event at Seattle Center.

Award Criteria:

  • Leadership - Motivates and inspires others to accomplish a specific goal or objective that benefits the Seattle Latino community.
  • Innovation - Seeks renewed ways to work with the community; continually responds to new and changing needs of the community with creative responses and ideas. Has a personal commitment to see the project through to its resolution with determined effort.
  • Creativity - Proposes and engages in creative ways to accomplish goals and objectives that support the Latino community.
  • Dedication - Works on issues and seeks solutions to problems based on the needs of the community, not based on his/her own self-interests.

Nomination and Selection Procedure:

  • Submit a Latino Heritage Award Nomination Form: 2013 Nominación Forma | 2013 Nomination Form. Please note, self-nominations will not be considered.
  • Submit a one-page narrative describing how the nominee meets the City of Seattle Latino Heritage Award criteria. Provide examples of his/her leadership, initiative, creativity, and dedication to the Latino community in Seattle. Send form and narrative by September 27, 2013, to:

City of Seattle Latino City Employees - Latino Heritage Award Committee c/o Sonia Palma – Seattle Department of Transportation, P.O. Box 34996, Seattle, WA 98124-4996  sonia.palma@seattle.gov

  • Nominations will be reviewed by award committee. The award recipient will be notified by October 11, 2013.


Visit the mayor’s web site at www.seattle.gov/mayor


Latinos: The Changing Face of Washington

The Changing Face of WashingtonJoin us for a lunchtime screening of Latinos: The Changing Face of Washington followed by a discussion with filmmaker Enrique Cerna and panelists from the documentary.
Running time: 56 minutes.
Find more event details here.

Thursday, 5 September 2013 - 12 p.m.
Seattle Public Library: Central Branch, Level 1 - Microsoft Auditorium
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About the Film: KCTS 9's Enrique Cerna, the son of Mexican immigrants, examines the history of Latinos in Washington and how their dramatic population growth is bringing change to politics, education, immigration and entrepreneurship in the state. Cerna reflects on his family's Yakima Valley heritage along with others, including Phyllis Gutierrez-Kenney's transformation from migrant laborer to political trailblazer and the entrepreneurial story of winemaker Victor Palencia.

Latinos: The Changing Face of Washington premieres Thursday, 9/17, at 7:00 p.m. on KCTS 9 and KYVE 47. The Spanish language version of the documentary will premiere on Vme as Latinos: El Rostro Cambiante de Washington Friday, 10/4, at 9:00 p.m. For more information visit: KCTS9.org/latinos.

The Graduates/Los Graduados

Please join us for a preview screening of The Graduates/Los Graduados on September 7 at 2 p.m.. The Graduates/Los Graduados explores the many roots of the Latino dropout crisis through the eyes of six inspiring young students from across the United States who are part of an on-going effort to increase graduation rates for a growing Latino population.

Un documental revelador sobre los desafíos que enfrentan los estudiantes Latinos en Estados Unidos.

Saturday, September 7 at 2 p.m. (doors 1:30 p.m.)
The Frye Art Museum Auditorium
704 Terry Avenue, Seattle, 98104
*The preview screening is open to the public and there is no charge to attend.

Film preview | Wilmer Valderrama PBS Keynote Clip

The Graduates

Also featured in the film are actor Wilmer Valderrama a vocal advocate for the Latino community and Latino youth in particular through organizations such as Voto Latino, Maria Teresa Kumar the founding President and CEO of Voto Latino and an Emmy-nominated contributor on MSNBC, and Antonio Villaraigosa Mayor of Los Angeles (2005-2013) a former high school dropout himself.

Much more than a survey of contemporary policy debates, the student profiles in The Graduates/Los Graduados offer a first-hand perspective on the challenges facing many Latino high school students, including over-crowded schools, crime-ridden neighborhoods, teen pregnancy, and pressure to contribute to the family finances. The stories in this compelling documentary make you root along with the successes and challenges of los graduados. The Graduates/Los Graduados is an eye-opening introduction to many of the determined and resilient young people who will shape America’s future.

The film is suggested for adults and both boys and girls ages 13+. The film preview is followed by a casual audience Q&A featuring our partner organizations El Centro de la Raza, and others.

Las Mujeres del Fandango

Installation by Yesenia Navarrete Hunter

Las Mujeres
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