Do you know Dr. Daniel King, Pharr, TX; Karina Andrea Quintana, Miami Springs, FL; Alicia Rascon & Laura Donnelly, Austin and El Paso, TX; Nora Sandigo, Miami, FL; and Irene Martinez Jordan, Denver, CO?
Well, if you don’t, now you will.
A national program instituted by Hispanicize and sponsored by 3M that recognizes outstanding Latinos who contribute selflessly to improving their communities, Positive Impact Awards have announced its list of winners. This group of amazing awardees includes everyday people who are making extraordinary efforts to champion children and the elderly, propel the growth of STEM-related careers, innovate in public education, empower young women, and lend support and resources to those in need.
The Positive Impact Awards were created in 2013 in honor of the late Louis Pagan, co-founder of Hispanicize and a well-known social media entrepreneur, who passed away suddenly in February 2013. Louis was widely known for his kindness and commitment to giving the community a voice through his vast social media networks. In the same way, the Positive Impact Awards recognize those who contribute selflessly for the betterment of their community.
“The collaboration, sharing and dedication that is demonstrated by each of these individuals makes them a shining example of what it means to live life in service of others,” said Hispanicize Event founder and creative director Manny Ruiz. “The time and effort that many people dedicated to nominating these individuals is a testament to the amazing work that is being done in our communities across the nation.”
The winners of the 2015 Positive Impact Awards are:
— Dr. Daniel King, Superintendent Pharr Independent School District, Pharr, Texas, is an innovator in public education.
“Dr. King is unique because many school districts from around the State of Texas, the Nation, and now even Internationally are coming to PSJA to visit and draw ideas from “Best Practices” that our school district has implemented in the areas of Student Dropout Recovery, Early College High School Model/College for All, Parental Engagement, and also our Texas Education Agency is sending districts to observe our best practices with our Dual Language Program as well as our Early Childhood program.” (See complete nomination and accolades.)
— Karina Andrea Quintana, Florida International University Engineering Student, Miami Springs, Fla., advances the growth of science, technology, engineering and math careers by reaching out to other students.
“As per the award description, the Positive Impact Awards were established to recognize outstanding Latino individuals who remarkably act for the goods of their communities and make positive impacts. My fellows and I at Florida International University (FIU) believe that our nominee, Ms. Karina Andrea Quintana, is indeed the epitome of an outstanding young individual who generously devotes her time and effort to the organizations she is involved in without expecting anything in return.” (See complete nomination and accolades.)
— Alicia Rascon & Laura Donnelly, Founders of Latinitas, – Austin and El Paso, Texas, empower young women using technology as a tool to discuss issues.
“As a counter to existing stereotypes in print, on TV, radio, film, video games –‐ essentially all media platforms, Laura and Alicia founded the only digital magazine (still!) of its kind (www.latinitasmagazine.org)–‐ made for and by young Latinas in 2002 in a class at UT Austin. But, they wanted content to be accurate and they also wanted to counter the lack of representation overall in the newsroom which was discouragingly low even in the most Latino cities in the U.S. and so they also developed innovative digital media, technology and cultural literacy education programming in the form of clubs, camps, workshops and conferences that have served tens of thousands since 2002.” (See complete nomination and accolades.)
— Nora Sandigo, Foster Parent, Miami, Fla., lends support and provides resources to the community.
“Nora Sandigo is a community “Mother Teresa” to hundreds of Latino children, who have been separated from their parents due to immigration and deportation laws. She is the legal guardian to hundreds of U.S. citizens born to illegal immigrants who are subject to deportation and through her non–‐profit organization, “American Fraternity” she serves these children and families with their needs ranging from food and shelter to legal advice in the courts.” (See complete nomination and accolades.)
— Irene Martinez Jordan, Educator and Advocate – Denver, Colo., champions the needs of children and seniors.
“In many Denver circles, Martinez Jordan is considered a powerhouse in education and a champion of Latino students within the Denver Public School system. She has been a teacher, counselor, principal and an area superintendent. Martinez Jordan’s greatest accomplishment is her work with students. Among her students are Chicanos who have won a Boettcher Scholarship and a full–‐ride to MIT.” (See complete nomination and accolades.)
“This year’s awardees are truly making a positive impact,” said Stephen Sanchez, global communications manager for 3M. “We hope their stories inspire others to follow in their footsteps.”
Vote for Positive Impact Person of the Year
Now that you had the chance to know more about these extraordinary nominees, starting on February 5, 2015, you will have the chance to vote for the Positive Impact Person of the Year. The winning nominee will be announced during the Positive Impact Awards gala, sponsored by 3M, which will take place on March 19, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Intercontinental Miami Hotel. Don’t forget to vote and share with us your opinion about these nominees!
To vote, visit: www.hispanicizeevent.com/pia .