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Iowa Latino Hall of Fame

Iowa Latino Hall of Fame Many outstanding Latinos/as helped shape Iowa and many strong Latino leaders continue to contribute their talents and skills to improve the quality of life in this state. To recognize and honor these achievers and to provide visible examples for tomorrow’s Latino leaders, the Iowa Commission of Latino Affairs established the Iowa Latino Hall of Fame in 2017 with the goal of ensuring that the efforts of Latino leaders are honorably recognized and celebrated. The Iowa Latinx Leadership Award and the Robert D. Ray Award for Equity & Justice were added in 2018. The LGBTQIA Leadership Award for Iowa's People of Color was added in 2020.

Among the many strong Latino leaders are political and social activists, scientists, educators, writers and spiritual and community leaders. They represent the Latinos who have helped shape Iowa, the United States, and the world. Their induction into the Iowa Latino Hall of Fame will enhance the visibility of their contributions to their work, communities, and the status of Latinos in Iowa. Each year, the inductees will be recognized at a special Iowa Latino Hall of Fame ceremony during National Latino Heritage Month, September 15 — October 15.

2020 Honorees

  • Elizabeth Balcarcel from Zacatecas, Mexico - Des Moines, Iowa

  • Gabriela Rivera from Mexico City, Mexico - Coralville, Iowa

  • Michael R. Reyes of Mexican heritage - Davenport, Iowa

  • Iowa Latinx Youth Leadership Award: Crystal Ambriz from Tijuana, Mexico -Columbus Junction, Iowa

  • Iowa LGBTQIA Leadership Award: Buffy Jamison from Des Moines, Iowa

  • Robert D. Ray Award for Equity and Justice: Henny Ohr from Korea - Johnston, Iowa

2020 Selections Committee

  • Christina Fernadez-Morrow, Public Member

  • Christina Velasquez, Public Member

  • Lilian Sanchez, Public Member

  • Gilbert Nunez, Commissioner

  • Lorena Gingerich, Commissioner

  • Caleb Knutson, Commissioner

Iowa Latino Hall of Fame Members

2019 IOWA LATINO HALL OF FAME HONOREES

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2019Iowa Latino Hall of Fame Video

2018 IOWA LATINO HALL OF FAME HONOREES

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2018 Iowa Latino Hall of Fame Video

2017 AND FIRST IOWA LATINO HALL OF FAME HONOREES

Iowa Latino Hall of Fame Inductees

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