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Iowa Latino Hall of Fame

2021 Iowa Latino Hall of FameMany outstanding Latinos, Latinas & Latinxs helped shape Iowa and continue to contribute their talents and skills to improve the quality of life in this state. These Latino leaders are political, racial justice, and social activists, scientists, educators, writers, and spiritual and community leaders. 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 to ensure that the efforts of Latino leaders are honorably recognized, celebrated, and remembered. The Iowa Latinx Youth Leadership Award and the Robert D. Ray Award for Equity & Justice were added in 2018.  In 2020, the LGBTQIA Leadership Award for Iowa's People of Color was added. 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, the country and the world. Each year, the inductees will be recognized during the annual Iowa Latino Hall of Fame Ceremony, which takes place during National Latino Heritage Month, September 15 — October 15.

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

  • Marlu Abarca, Commission Vice-Chair, Committee Chair

  • Vanessa Santos-Nila, Community Member, Des Moines

2021 Latino Heritage Month Proclamation.

2021 Latino Heritage Month Proclamation

Nominations are being accepted for the 2022 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 Forms in English & Spanish

All nominations must be submitted electronically to Sonia.Reyes@iowa.gov / Todas las nominaciones deben ser enviadas por correo electrónico a Sonia.Reyes@iowa.gov 

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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