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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.

Nominations are being accepted for the 2021 Iowa Latino Hall of Fame

Nominations Criteria

  1. Latino/Latina/Latinx Advocate/Leader

  2. Iowa Latinx Youth Leadership Award (Latinx youth or young professional)

  3. Iowa LGBTQIA Leadership Award (LGBTQIA person of color)

  4. Governor D. Ray Award for Equity and Justice (Latino or ally of Iowa's Immigrants and Refugees).

Iowa Latino Hall of Fame Nomination Criteria

Nomination Form

All nominations must be submitted electronically to Sonia.Reyes@iowa.gov 

2021 Selections Committee Members:

  • Caleb Knutson, Commission Chair, Committee Ex-Officio

  • Dalila Sajadian, Commissioners

  • David Suarez, Community Member, Ottumwa

  • Gabriela Rivera, 2020 Honoree, Iowa City

  • Louis Moreno, Commissioner

  • Marlu Abarca, Commission Vice-Chair, Committee Chair

  • Vanessa Santos-Nila, Community Member, Des Moines

Iowa Latino Hall of Fame Members

2020 IOWA LATINO HALL OF FAME HONOREES

2020 Iowa Latino Hall of Fame Honorees

2020 Iowa Latino Hall of Fame Ceremony Video

2019 IOWA LATINO HALL OF FAME HONOREES

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2019 Iowa Latino Hall of Fame Ceremony 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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