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2024 Latino Summit & Bernie Valdez Awards



2024 Latino Summit & Bernie Valdez Awards

This year, CLLARO’s annual Latino Summit and Bernie Valdez Awards will be hosted as a joint event! Please save the date and stay tuned for more information on event details, tickets, and sponsorships.

The 2024 CLLARO 29th Bernie Valdez Awards take great pride in honoring individuals who have demonstrated vital leadership and commitment to the CLLARO Mission: Empowering Colorado Latinos through leadership development, advocacy, and policy research.

CLLARO will honor outstanding community leaders for their invaluable contributions to Colorado Latinos at a celebratory luncheon event on Friday, August 9, 2024. The winners will be profiled on our CLLARO website and across social media.

Only the most compelling nominees submitted will be recognized with the respective award chosen by the Nominations Committee.  Please submit your nominee for the best award that fits the category for the Intended honored recipient/s.

1. The Federico Peña Lifetime Achievement Award - Presented to an individual who has demonstrated a deep commitment to the betterment of the Latino Community.

2. The CLLARO Alianza Award - Presented to a private/public or nonprofit organization committed to the enhancement and well-being of the Latino Community.

3. The Polly Baca Social Justice Award - Presented to an individual who has distinguished themselves as a social justice advocate within the Latino community.

4. The Lena Archuleta Education Award - Presented to an individual who educates our community through policy-guiding research, increases awareness, and stimulates action.

5. The Sheldon and Jan Steinhauser Community Service Award - Presented to an individual who works for a more equitable future and balance of leadership through exceptional personal leadership

6. The Roger Cisneros Public Policy Award - Presented to an elected official who tirelessly devotes their time to advocating for Latinos in Colorado through public policy and civic engagement

7. The Distinguished Capitol Fellow Award - Presented to a past Capitol Fellow who has brought distinction to the Capitol Fellowship Program.

Interested in nominating a leader for the 2024 BVA?

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