UCLR ANNOUNCES THE 2018 CESAR CHAVEZ PEACE & JUSTICE AWARDEES.
UCLR | Utah Coalition of La Raza announced this year's Cesar Chavez Peace & Justice Awards will be presented to Utah State University Professor Crescencio López-González, nonprofit Comunidades Unidas, and Utah State Rep. Angela Romero. UCLR will also present the Lifetime Achievement Award to Andrew "Andy" Lalo Gallegos.
UCLR will present the awards at its 25th Annual Cesar Chavez Peace & Justice Awards Banquet on Saturday March 24, 2018. Tickets are still available so you can join UCLR as we honor these community leaders.
Information about the awardees is listed below along with past awardees.
ANDREW “ANDY” L. GALLEGOS
UCLR honors the lifelong contributions of Andrew “Andy” L. Gallegos and his many years of leadership, service, and advocacy in the Latino community. The hallmark of Andy’s life has been his commitment to “opening the doors” to the Latino community in the areas of education, health, and employment.
Born in Cuba, New Mexico in 1940, Andy’s family moved to Salt Lake City’s Rose Park neighborhood when he was a child. Andy was elected as West High School’s first Hispanic student body president in 1958, showing leadership at an early age. After serving with U.S. Army Intelligence in Panama from 1963-1965, Andy returned to Utah and graduated with honors from the University of Utah with a master’s degree in human resource management.
During the 1970s, Andy was heavily involved in community service and organizing. As Board President of Utah Catholic Community Services, Andy led the fundraising efforts to build a new St. Vincent’s de Paul Dining Hall. Along with several leaders in the community, Andy formed the first statewide Chicano Conference in 1972. Andy was instrumental in creating the Institute of Human Resource Development, which would become Centro de la Familia. He also served as Director of the Utah Community Action Program, where he oversaw the implementation of several programs for the poor. Active in politics, Andy helped form the Utah State Hispanic Democratic Caucus. Andy was even part of the team that brought Cesar Chavez to Utah in 1979.
In 1982, Andy served as part of a U.S. delegation to the Philippines to assist in the resettlement of over 1 million refugees in southeast Asia. After returning home, Andy was appointed as Executive Director of the Utah Department of Social Services under Governor Scott Matheson and was the first Latino to serve in a Utah governor’s cabinet. In the private sector, Andy assisted more than 400 minority businesses as a consultant and served as Marketing Manager for the Utah Transit Authority. Today, Andy enjoys retirement with his loving wife Joan and daughters Audrey and Sarah.
DR. CRESCENCIO LÓPEZ-GONZÁLEZ
UCLR honors Crescencio López-González for his work and impact ensuring Latinx inclusion at Utah State University and Logan area.
Crescencio López-González is an Assistant Professor of Latinx Studies at Utah State University. Professor López-González came to the United States as a young teenager from Guerrero, Mexico, and worked his way through school in California’s agricultural fields. As a graduate from the University of California, Davis and the University of Arizona, both of which are land-grant institutions, he firmly believes in the land-grant mission of bringing research-based knowledge to undergraduate students. Under his guidance, 58 students have presented their research at local, state, national and international conferences.
Outside of the classroom, Professor López-González has advised and mentored USU’s Spanish Club, Latinx Student Union, Latinx Creative Society and the Aggie Dreamers United. Moreover, he has become a community advisor to the Latino Logan Library Council, the Logan City Public Library, the North Logan Public Library, the USU Cache County Extension, the Cache Makers 4-H Club, and the Logan Block Film and Art Festival. He also helped start the Hispanic Heritage Festival at the library and the “Day of the Dead Procession” at USU, both of which have become successful traditions for the past few years.
Crescencio lives in Logan with his wife and three daughters.
COMUNIDADES UNIDAS | COMMUNITIES UNITED
UCLR honors Comunidades Unidas | Communities United (CU) for their years of service and impact for Utah’s Latino community.
CU is a community-based nonprofit organization with the mission to empower Latinxs to recognize and achieve their own potential and be a positive force for change in the larger community. CU’s vision is that every Latinx in Utah becomes healthy, self-sufficient, and an active member of the community.
Founded in 1999 by a group of Latina women, CU has emerged at the forefront of the immigrant rights movement in Utah and currently provides direct services to more than 5,000 individuals each year while maintaining its grassroots connection with Utah’s Latinx community.
CU’s initiatives are focused on “Healthy Families, United Families!”
CU’s programs include:
Access to Healthcare: Health insurance enrollment, outreach and education about relevant health issues, connection to primary care, and free health screenings.
Immigration Services: Citizenship, family petitions, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
Civic Engagement: Leadership trainings, voter registration, and immigrant rights organizing and advocacy.
REP. ANGELA ROMERO
UCLR honors Utah State Representative Angela Romero for her inspiring leadership, longtime community work, and effective advocacy in public service.
Rep. Romero was first elected to the Utah State House of Representatives in 2012 and re-elected in 2014 and 2016. Raised in Tooele, Utah, Angela moved to Salt Lake City as she attended the University of Utah where she earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and, later, her master’s degree in public administration. While an undergrad, Angela served on the Chicano Student Association where she began working with Latino community leaders such as Archie Archuleta, Pete Suazo, and Ross Romero. Angela was a founding member of UCLR as a student representative and served on UCLR’s board from 1992 to 2015.
Professionally, Angela has worked for Salt Lake City since 2001 and currently serves as Community Programs Manager for the city’s Division of Youth and Family Programs. Angela continues to serve the community not only through her career and legislative roles, but also through various boards, commissions, and work groups.
At the state legislature, Rep. Romero has passionately championed issues that include: victim’s rights, sexual assault and domestic violence prevention, and clean energy initiatives. Her leadership has even attracted national attention as she was recently elected First Vice President of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators.
With a heavy workload, Angela still finds time to be active and involved with St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and in her community. She also savors any time she can spend with her family.
For 25 years, UCLR has awarded individual and organizations the Cesar Chavez Peace & Justice Award. In 2013, UCLR introduced a Lifetime Achievement Award as well. Below are the past recipients of the Cesar Chavez Peace & Justice Awards (the * notes Lifetime Achievement Awards):
Jennie O. Herrera
The American GI Forum
Sen. Ross Romero
Dr. Forrest Crawford
Dr. Javier Saenz
Mark Archuleta Wheatley
Theresa Martinez Ph.D
SLC Police Chief Chris Burbank
Dr. Edward Mayer
The Utah Compact
Chicano Scholarship Fund
Salt Lake Dream Team
Latinos in Action
Robert "Archie" Archuleta*
Mestizo Arts & Activism Collective
Sen. Luz Escamilla
Robert "Archie" Archuleta
Michael N. Martinez
Senator Orin Hatch
Leo Bravo Atoliv
Mng Training Group
Monsignor Robert Bussen
Wells Fargo Bank
Sylvia Garcia Richard
Barbara Arriola Adams
Graciela Italiano Thomas
Aurora Bonnie Lopez
Deloris Silva Vasquez
Anna Jane Arroyo
Rep. David Litvack
Rep. David Ure
Reforma de Utah
Yvette Donossa Diaz
Pamela Candia Hernandez