Recipients of the 2018 Illustrious Awards

THE INSTITUTE FOR LATINO STUDIES AT BERKELEY COLLEGE HONORS OUTSTANDING LATINOS WITH ILLUSTRIOUS AWARDS

Monday, September 17, 2018

The Institute for Latino Studies (ILS) at Berkeley College, totally dedicated to quality research for better advocacy, presented the third Illustrious Awards installment on Friday, September 14, 2018 at the Graduate Center of The City University of New York.

“The members of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Latino Studies at Berkeley College are proud to present Illustrious Awards to fifty distinguished Latinos, whose live stories inspires society to do good by encouraging respect and good deeds and whose contributions have indeed enriched and positively influenced the United States of America,” said Dr. Maria Teresa Montilla, director for the Institute for Latino Studies at Berkeley College.

Fifty distinguished Latinos were honored with Illustrious Awards in fifteen (15) areas: Arts, Business & Entrepreneurship, Education, Television & Entertainment, Drama & Film, Government, Social Sciences, Judiciary & Law Enforcement, Leadership, Literature, Politics, Religion, Military, Natural Sciences, and Sports.

Dr. Montilla added: “The award ceremony is a component of ILS’ Illustrious Latinos Research Project  aimed at documenting valuable examples of where we Latinos, as a people, have come from and how we have contributed to community and national life. The project’s also includes a commemorativeTribute Journal and an original film-documentary to showcase the stories of men and women who have advanced our collective struggle for dignity and equality, enriched the quality of our lives with their knowledge and entrepreneurship, and expressed our shared humanity through words, music, art, craft and calling.

Both, the Illustrious Tribute Journal and the documentary are more than a collection of photos, film footage and stories. Both offer a collective narrative of the multiple ways we have succeeded by contributing to our communities, to the nation, to mankind. The journeys of the famous, and the not-so-famous individuals featured matter even more to us than their names or faces. They inspire all of us to pursue excellence, not for fame or recognition, but moved by our desire, as Latinos and as Americans, to leave this world a better place than we found it. ILS invites you to share the engrossing stories filling the pages of this journal as an impressive sample of the many contributions Latinos have made to the United States of America and the world.”   

Four Lifetime Illustrious Awards were bestowed upon distinguished Latinos:

The Late Frank Bonilla.

Dr, Bonilla was the founder and former director of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College. He was honored with an In-Memoriam Lifetime Achievement Award in higher education leadership for being one of the greatest pioneering educators and visionaries of our time. The award was picked up by representatives from El Centro Para Estudios Puertorriquenos.

Dr. Ramon Antonio Veras (El Negro Veras), a well-know attorney, prolific writer and advocate of human rights.

He received a Lifetime Achievement Awards in Social Justice for becoming a historical referen. A prolific writer, Dr. Veras has published nine books, and has thirty-eight unedited. His collection of more than 2,000 articles, written between 1969 and 2007,  can be found at the DR National Archives.

Dr, Veras has the historical distinction of being a surviving leader of the Panfleteros de Santiago, a group of youngsters who were made martyrs after being jailed, tortured, assassinated, cut in pieces and disappeared in 1960, following an act of resistance against the dictatorship of Rafael Leonidas Trujillo.

For his professional achievements and social legacy;

For a lifetime of exemplary life;

• For his relentless humanitarian efforts for the socio-economic and political empowerment of Dominicans, in particular, and peoples of the world;

• For his rich intellectual contribution to our collective social conscience in his writings, books, and lectures;

• For being a man of character and conviction who has earned the respect and admiration of contemporaneous society;

• For the historical role life has led him to play in society;

• For becoming a humanist leader of social conscience who serves as a historical and contemporary marker of what’s right and wrong;

Rev. Ruben Diaz, Sr.

Rev. Diaz was honored with a Lifetime Illustrious Awards in Political Religious Pioneering for his extraordinary accomplishment consisting in being the first Latino pastor elected to public office in the United States. The Illustrious Lifetime Achievement Award in Political Religious Pioneering goes to Rev. Ruben Diaz, Sr. `

Congressman Jose Serrano, NYS Assemblyman Jose Rivera, NYC Councilman Rev. Ruben Diaz, Sr., NYS Assemblywoman Carmen Arroyo, Dr. Maria Teresa and Nestor Montilla, Sr. at a special moment during the ceremony after Reverend Ruben Diaz, Sr. was bestowed with The Lifetime Illustrious Awards for being the first Latino Pastor to be elected to public office in the United States of America. Photo by Eduardo Hoepelman.

Dr. Ramon Antonio Veras (El Negro Veras) posing after receiving The Illustrious Lifetime Achievement Award in Social Justice.

  

“On behalf of ILS, I encourage you, your family, friends, students and conscientious people to preserve this commemorative-collectible-research journal as a rare unprecedented-must-have research treasure highlighting unsung latino heroes whose stories, successful professions and contributions have indeed made the United States great and, more importantly, a better place to raise a family, build prosperity, live in peace, practice religion, and pursue happiness along many years to come,” stressed Nestor Montilla, Sr.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to sincerely acknowledge the Institute for Latino Studies (ILS) at Berkeley College for its vision and leadership in conducting research to produce new knowledge about Latinos’ immigration experience and their substantial contributions to their native Latin American countries and to the enrichment and development of the United States of America,” said Dr. Hugo M. Morales. “Please join me in extending our respect to the Board of Directors of the Institute for Latino Studies, and particularly to Dr. María Teresa and Néstor Montilla, Sr. for their effective leadership and commitment to document how Latinos are transforming the United States of America into a more inclusive, diverse and prosperous country.”

“It is my pleasure to recognize the Illustrious Awards 2018, an event that allows us to reflect and be proud of all that your organization and its members have accomplished through the years,” said Ruben Diaz, Jr.

This wonderful event offers us a chance to recognize your organization’s efforts and commitment to create and sustain a supportive community for the Hispanic community throughout The Bronx, New York City and across the region. Over the years, your organization has actively promoted and advanced the achievements of your community while providing support for the next generation of Hispanic leaders that will help The Bronx continue its prosperity and upward trend.

This year, ILS partnered with the Center for Latin American, Caribbean & Latino Studies (CLACLS), Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Berkeley College, Hostos Community College and BabyLionProductions.orgto make this installment of the Illustrious Awards a memorable and rewarding milestone in the history of Latinos in the United States.

Late Frank Bonilla, The 2018 Illustrious Lifetime Achievement Award – In Memoriam

Click on the following link to read about Frank Bonilla and the video produced by the Institute for Latino Studies (ILS): MORE

The Late Dr. Frank Bonilla to Be Honored with the 2018 Illustrious Lifetime Achievement Award-In Memoriam for his Unparalleled Leadership in Education

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Ginetta Candelario, Ph.D., gives testimonial about how Dr. Bonilla helped her and several other Dominican women such as Dr. Ramona Hernandez, Ph.D., Nancy Lopez, Ph.D., Belkys Suazo Garcia, Ph.D. and the late Belkys Necos, Ph.D., to realize their dream of earning Ph.D.s and other graduate degrees.
“He let in Dominican women…a lot of us,” she stated.
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New York, NY.– In this video piece, the Institute for Latino Studies (ILS) offers a glimpse of the illustrious life of the late Dr. Frank Bonilla.  Dr. Bonilla’s legacy will be celebrated on Friday, September 14, 2018 at 6pm at the third and last Installment of the Illustrious Awards.
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ILS, in collaboration with the Center for Latin American, Caribbean & Latino Studies (CLACLS)Center for Puerto Rican Studies, and Berkeley College, will bestow upon Dr. Bonilla a Lifetime Achievement Award – In Memoriam for his unparalleled contributions in education and to the advancement of Puerto Ricans, Latinos and US diverse communities.
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The video includes statements by Edwin Melendez, current director of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies; a statement, distilled from research archives by Dr. Felix Matos Rodriguez, former director of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College.
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In addition, Ginetta Candelario, Ph.D., gives testimonial about how Dr. Bonilla helped her and other Dominican women such as Dr. Ramona Hernandez, Ph.D., Nancy Lopez, Ph.D., Belkys Suazo Garcia, Ph.D. and the late Belkys Necos, Ph.D., realize their dream of earning Ph.D.s and other graduate degrees.
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Dr. Candelario acknowledged that Dr. Bonilla modeled her academic pursuit from the beginning and created  the conditions for her to earn a Ph.D. in Sociology at the CUNY Graduate School.
“He let in Dominican women…a lot of us,” she stated to Nestor Montilla, Sr., who conducted the film/video interview for the Institute for Latino Studies.
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The video ends with a list, some photos and brief videos of the 2018 Illustrious Award Recipients to be honored at the ceremony slated to take place on Friday, September 14, 2018 at 6pm at the CUNY Graduate School, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016 (34th Street and 5th Avenue, across the Empire State Building).
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The Illustrious Awards Ceremony, a signature initiative of The Institute for Latino Studies, documents and highlights the contributions of Latinos to the advancement of the United States of America. The contributions of Latino icons are video-featured and honored in a professionally produced formal ceremony and Collectible Tribute Journal.
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This year, the Institute for Latino Studies has partnered with the Center for Latin American, Caribbean & Latino Studies (CLACLS)Center for Puerto Rican StudiesBerkeley College and BabyLionProductions.org, for the last installment of the Illustrious Awards, a milestone in the history of Latinos in the United States.
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The Illustrious Awards, honoring distinguished Latinos, is a signature research initiative of The Institute for Latino Studies whose motto is to produce quality research for better advocacy. www.instituteforlatinostudies.org
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For more information, visit www.illustriousawards.com

Mathematician Alberto Correa Among 2018 Illustrious Awards Honorees

Alberto Correa among 2018 Illustrious Awards Honorees

New York, NY.– Mathematician Alberto Correa, Ph.D., is one of The Illustrious 2018, to be honored (Science-Mathematics) on Friday, September 14th at the Graduate Center of The City University of New York (34th St. & 5th Ave.).

In this exclusive film interview, Dr. Correa shares about his difficult journey in pursuit of higher education in Puerto Rico. “It was a double whammy for me: I was Dominican and black”. The Illustrious Awards, honoring distinguished Latinos, is a signature research initiative of The Institute for Latino Studies. www.instituteforlatinostudies.org. For more information, please visit www.illustriousawards.com

New York, NY.– Mathematician Alberto Correa, Ph.D., is one of The Illustrious 2018, to be honored (Science-Mathematics) on Friday, September 14th at the Graduate Center of The City University of New York (34th St. & 5th Ave.).

In this exclusive film interview, Dr. Correa shares about his difficult journey in pursuit of higher education in Puerto Rico. “It was a double whammy for me: I was Dominican and black”. The Illustrious Awards, honoring distinguished Latinos, is a signature research initiative of The Institute for Latino Studies. www.instituteforlatinostudies.org. For more information, please visit www.illustriousawards.com

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Nueva York, NY.– El Profesor de Matematica Alberto Correa, Ph.D., es uno de los Illustres del 2018, a ser homenajeado (Ciencias-Matematicas) el viernes, 14 de Septiembre en el Graduate Center de The City University of New York (34th St. & 5th Ave.).

En esta entrevista exclusiva, el Dr. Correa comparte lo dificil que le fue obtener educacion universitaria en Puerto Rico. ‘Yo cargaba con dos descrimenes: era dominicano y negro’.

The Illustrious Awards en un proyecto de investigación del Institute for Latino Studies. www.instituteforlatinostudies.org. Para mas información sobre los Illustres visite www.illustriousawards.com

Luego de su entrevista, el video incluye la lista oficial de todos los nominados para los Premios Ilustres.

Invitation Illustrious Awards Sept 14 2018

You are invited to The Illustrious Awards Slated to Take Place in NYC Fri., Sept. 14, 2018 –

And the 2018 Nominees for the Illustrious Awards Are:

Click on Video to Watch names of all nominees

Invitation Illustrious Awards Sept 14 2018

Watch here brief Highlights of the Illustrious Awards 2016 & 2017

The Illustrious Awards Ceremony, a signature initiative of The Institute for Latino Studies, documents and highlights the contributions of Latinos to the advancement of the United States of America. The contributions of Latino icons are video-featured and honored in a professionally produced formal ceremony and Collectible Tribute Journal.

This year, the Institute for Latino Studies has partnered with the Center for Latin American, Caribbean & Latino Studies (CLACLS), Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Berkeley College and BabyLionProductions.org to make the last installment of the Illustrious Awards a memorable and rewarding milestone in the history of Latinos in the United States.

The selection process
Nomination of candidates should be made on or before May 30, 2018 and can be made by boards of education, institutions of higher learning, professional associations/organizations, chambers of commerce, community organizations, government institutions, and the general public in fifteen (15) areas: Arts, Business & Entrepreneurship, Education, Television & Entertainment, Drama & Film, Government, Social Sciences, Judiciary & Law Enforcement, Leadership, Literature, Politics, Religion, Military, Natural Sciences, and Sports.

The Institute’s Illustrious Awards Selection Committee, composed by representatives of the judged fields of work, selects three finalists per category, based on the following criteria:

1. Nominee must be of Latino descent and residing in the United States
2. Nominee has at least twenty years of experience in her/his field (years of experience may be substituted 5 years per 1 major accomplishment)
3. Nominee must have at least one major accomplishment in her/his field

The honoree in each category will be the finalist with the highest point average in judged areas.

To complete and submit your nomination (s), please click here or on the bottom below.

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Thank you!

 

The Illustrious Awards Ceremony, a signature initiative of The Institute for Latino Studies, documents and highlights the contributions of Tri-State Area Latinos to the advancement of the United States of America and the world. The contributions of Latino icons is video-featured and honored in a professionally produced formal ceremony and Collectible Tribute Journal.

For more information and to RSVP visit: www.illustriousawards.com

Contact us:
The Institute for Latino Studies
P. O. Box 224 Bloomingdale, NJ 07403
www.instituteforlatinostudies.org thelatinoinstitute@gmail.com

 

 

The Illustrious Awards 2017

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The Illustrious Awards is a signature initiative of the Institute for Latino Studies, dedicated to quality research for effective advocacy.

Formal Ceremony:  

Saturday, September 23, 2017, 6pm

At the historic Paul Robeson Center, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ 07102.

Watch HERE Brief Video of The 2017 Recipients.

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Watch HERE a brief video of The 2017 Recipients

Click here to watch brief video showcasing the 2016 Illustrious Awards Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

Hon. Arthur O. Eve, First Dominican Elected to Public Office in the United States of America.

More Moving Reflections from 2016 Illustrious Awards Honorees

The Illustrious Awards Ceremony, a signature initiative of The Institute for Latino Studies, documents and highlights the contributions of Tri-State Area Latinos to the advancement of the United States of America. The contributions of Latino icons are video-featured and honored in a professionally produced formal ceremony and Collectible Tribute Journal.

 

The selection process

Nomination of candidates is made by boards of education, institutions of higher learning, professional associations/organizations, chambers of commerce, community organizations, government institutions, and the general public in fifteen (15) areas: Arts, Business & Entrepreneurship, Education, Television & Entertainment, Drama & Film, Government, Social Sciences, Judiciary & Law Enforcement, Leadership, Literature, Politics, Religion, Military, Natural Sciences, and Sports.

The Institute’s Illustrious Awards Selection Committee, composed by representatives of the judged fields of work, selects three finalists per category, based on the following criteria:

1. Nominee must be of Latino descent and residing in the United States
2. Nominee has at least twenty years of experience in her/his field (years of experience may be substituted 5 years per 1 major accomplishment)
3. Nominee must have at least one major accomplishment in her/his field

The honoree in each category will be the finalist with the highest point average in judged areas..

Contact us:

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Institute for Latino Studies (ILS)

www.instituteforlatinostudies.org

P. O. Box 224 Bloomingdale, NJ 07403
theillustriousawards@gmail.com

 

Illustrious Ceremony: Saturday, September 23, 2017, 6pm

Watch Brief Video Here of The 2017 HonoreesIA Flyer Template for video

The Institute for Latino Studies (ILS) is pleased to present in video the recipients of The Illustrious Awards 2017.
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The Black-tie ceremony will be held at the historic Paul Robeson Campus Center at Rutgers  University, 350 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd  Newark, NJ 07102.University in Newark, NJ 07102 on the night of Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 6:00PM.
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RSVP is required for admission. A full house is expected.  To RSVP and for more information visit: www.illustriousawards.com

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About ILS
The Illustrious Awards is a signature initiative of The Institute for Latino Studies (ILS). The Institute, founded in 2001, is dedicated to quality research and advocacy for a better society; ILS is a non-profit entity recognized by the federal government as a 501 (c) (3) organization. ILS believes that a solid understanding of cultural identity and people’s socio-economic reality is essential for development in a multi-cultural society. www.instituteforlatinostudies.org

RSVP & more information, please visit: www.illustriousawards.com

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2016 Illustrious Awards Nominees and guests. Ceremony at Rutgers University’s Paul Robeson Center in Newark, NJ. Photo by Eduardo Hoepelman.

The Illustrious Awards Ceremony, a signature initiative of The Institute for Latino Studies, documents and highlights the contributions of Tri-State Area Latinos to the advancement of the United States of America. The contributions of Latino icons are video-featured and honored in a professionally produced formal ceremony and Collectible Tribute Journal.

The selection process

Nomination of candidates is made by boards of education, institutions of higher learning, professional associations/organizations, chambers of commerce, community organizations, government institutions, and the general public in fifteen (15) areas: Arts, Business & Entrepreneurship, Education, Television & Entertainment, Drama & Film, Government, Social Sciences, Judiciary & Law Enforcement, Leadership, Literature, Politics, Religion, Military, Natural Sciences, and Sports.

The Institute’s Illustrious Awards Selection Committee, composed by representatives of the judged fields of work, selects three finalists per category, based on the following criteria:

1. Nominee must be of Latino descent and residing in the United States
2. Nominee has at least twenty years of experience in her/his field (years of experience may be substituted 5 years per 1 major accomplishment)
3. Nominee must have at least one major accomplishment in her/his field

The honoree in each category will be the finalist with the highest point average in judged areas.

ILS Honors Prominent Latinos On An Unforgettable Red Carpet Night of Splendor

On a unique night of splendor, the Institute for Latino Studies (ILS), dedicated to quality research for effective advocacy, honored distinguished unsung Latinos healing from varied professions.

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Cameras captured honorees and guests as they walked on red carpet and into the welcome cocktail reception.

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As toreadores of their own live stories, honorees marched proudly into a packed auditorium to the magistral rhythm of La Virgen de la Macarena, played live by solo trumpetist Eganam Segbefia.

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They made their grand entrance into the auditorium of Rutgers University’s Paul Robeson Campus Center in Newark, NJ, holding their heads high and their chest swollen with pride.

The formal black-tie ceremony begun promptly with welcoming remarks by ILS President Dr. Maria Teresa Montilla. She explained the making of the Illustrious Awards was based on primary research and dossier in the archives of the Institute for Latino Studies.

The ceremony was an interactive two-hour pre-produced audio-visual presentation depicting Latino contributions to the United States. Each honoree’s life story, accomplishments and contributions were highlighted on five screens set in the auditorium.

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Their life stories were also included in the Collectible Illustrious Awards Tribute Journal, released and distributed to those in attendance. In addition, each life story will be featured in the documentary Latino Illustrious to be released in 2017

Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented to Honorable Arthur O. Eve, First Dominican Elected to Public Office in the United States, Jose Rohaidy (Posthumous), Cuban Dean of Journalism in New Jersey, and Maria Magda O’Keefe, First Latina & Puerto Rican Elected to Paterson City Council.

Illustrious Award Recipients included:

1.     Arts
Eduardo Hoepelman, Photographer
Vanessa DeLeon, Interior Design

2.     Business & Entrepreneurship
Cira Ángeles, Business Advocacy
Jaime Lucero, Corporate Management
John Estevez, Franchise Management
Hector Nuñez, Accounting Service

3.     Communications
Aida Rosario, Broadcast Media Community Relations
Antonio Ibarría – Newspaper Publishing
Juan Guillen – Trendsetter Media & Marketing
Willie Sanchez – TV Production
Fernando Aquino – Government Media Relations
Miguel Pérez – Journalism
Malin Falu – Radio

4.      Education
Gloria Bonilla, PhD – Higher Education
Isabel Nazario – Higher Education Administration
Leonel Morales – Elementary Education
Edwin Quezada – Public School Administration
Loyda García – Elementary Education
Ana Garcia Reyes, Higher Education Community Relations
Carlos Medina, Higher Education Management & Administration

5.      Government
Dennis González – Public Administration
Lucio Fernandez – Public Service
Feniosky Pena-Mora, Engineering

6.      Law & Law Enforcement
Evelyn Padin, Esq. – Practice of Law
Fernando Alonso, Esq. – Education
Seny Taveras, Esq. – Education Administration

7.      Leadership
Luz E. Santiago (Lucy) – Nonprofit Advocacy
Martin Pérez – Civil Rights Advocacy
Sandra Harris – Community Advocacy
Lourdes Cortez – Corporate Financial Development
Rosita Romero – Community Activism
Charito Cisneros, Small business Advocacy
Richard Rivera – Law Enforcement Advocacy

8.      Medicine
Julia E. Bello, MD – Victim Advocacy
Marcos Charles, MD -Internal Medicine & Hematology
Ramón Tallaj, MD – Corporate Trailblazer

9.      Politics
Sonia Rosado – Political Pioneering
Luis A. Quintana – Political Pioneering
Wilda Díaz – Political Pioneering
Robert Menendez – Political Pioneering

10.  Religion
Alvin Bridgewater – Religious Advocacy
Dr. Héctor Chiesa – Christian Radio Management
Dr. Rev. John Muñiz – Capacity Building
Rev. José López – Social Entrepreneurship
José Rodríguez, Sr. – Church Leadership
Alejandro Benjamin – Education & Community Activism

11.  Social Sciences
José C. Novas, Historical Research
Ramón Emilio Espinola, Historical Research
Héctor Bonilla – Latino History Erudition

“This was a historic night,” said honoree Jaime Lucero after receiving an Illustrious Award in the Business Category for his success and contributions in corporate management.

Reacting to the experience, honoree Dr. Marcos A. Charles wrote a note to the Illustrious Awards producer indicating the following: “Dear Dra. Maria Teresa y Nestor Montilla: I would like to congratulate both of you for the spectacular success of the ILS Awards, rewarding  Latino accomplishments in different areas. Your vision and creativity behind theses prestigious awards are very commendable! Using an expression very common in Oscar ceremonies (by the way no more enjoyable than these awards),”it was a perfect 10!”. I believe after this presentation,our contribution to the progress of this Country should be divided in two chapters: “before, and after the ILS awards” Best wishes.   Marcos A Charles.”

A note from Fernando Aquino:

“Dear Maria Teresa & Nestor Montilla,

I cannot pass this opportunity to thank you and congratulate you for conceiving, organizing and perfectly executing the first Latino Studies Institute’s Illustrious Awards. I was not only lucky enough to be one of the recipients of the Awards, but to witness a flawless documentation of the great contribution Latinos have made to the American nation, even before the foundation of the United States of America. As a scholar of Latino studies, I was impressed and will be eternally grateful to you for making me part of it.

Back then and now, the Latino community has been an essential component in forging this nation while enduring its own cultural heritage by breaking barriers. With you work, you are helping tell and document the story for generations to come.

Again, thank you and congratulations for this great contribution.”

Fernando Aquino

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Nestor & Maria Teresa Montilla.

The second and third installments of the Illustrious Awards have been scheduled for 2017 and 2018.

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Special thanks to Corinthian IPA, Columbia University Medical Center, Evelyn Padin, Esq., Rutgers University, Gold & Silver, Inc., El Especial, Yonkers, NY Board of Education, CUNY In The Heights, North Jersey Federal Credit Union, LA Riverside Insurance Brokerage, Inc., Association of Jesus Christ of the New Covenant, New Jersey Center for Empowerment and Community Development, The Pentecostal Church Assembly of God, Trenton, Fairleigh Dickinson University, New York Hispanic Cosmetology and Beauty Chamber of Commerce, Councilman-at-Large Luis Quintana, Hon. Wilda Diaz, Mayor of Perth Amboy, NJ, Berkeley College, Fernando Alonso, Esq., Marcos Charles, MD, 512 Quantum Sound, Hispanic Multi-Purpose Center and Babylion Productions, LLC.

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Carlos Medina, Vice Chancellor & Chief Diversity Officer of the State University of New York, to Receive an Illustrious Award on Saturday, September 24th

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Carlos N. Medina, Vice Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer in the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at SUNY.

Carlos N. Medina is Vice Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer in the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the State University of New York (SUNY). He is one of only a handful to hold the position within higher education systems nationally.

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Medina will be honored with an Illustrious Award on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 6pm at Rutgers University’s Paul Robenson Campus Center located at 350 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. BLVD Newark, NJ 07102.

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He will be honored among distinguished Latino icons of the caliber of the Honorable Arthur O. Eve, the First Dominican elected to Public Office in the United States, Dr. Marcos Charles, co- founder of Hostos Community College, Dr. Gloria Bonilla-Santiago from Rutgers University, Jaime Lucero, CEO of Gold & Silver, Inc, Isabel Nazario, the only Latino Vice President at Rutgers University, NY Commissioner Feniosky Pena-Mora, Martin Perez, Esq., founder of the Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey, Tony Ibarria, Publisher of El Especial, and US Senator Robert Melendez.

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Since August 2011, Medina has led SUNY’s efforts in promoting and advancing the University’s diversity goals and ensuring that they are properly captured within all university policies and procedures. He provides leadership and strategic direction to SUNY campuses in connection with the recruitment and retention of faculty, staff, and administrators who come from groups within our society that are underrepresented in higher education and in SUNY.

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He currently serves as co-chair of the SUNY-wide Diversity Task Force leading the charge of identifying new ways in which the System’s diversity can be increased to better reflect and be aligned with that of New York State. He is also a member of the Chancellor’s cabinet assisting with strategic planning leading to implementation of SUNY-wide policies and initiatives.

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He has worked tirelessly to strengthen the intersections between diversity and academic excellence, including spearheading statewide STEM conferences in 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015 and co-sponsored the “Making Diversity Count” conference in October 2014. He continues to be directly responsible for overseeing the implementation and management of various programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels dedicated to serving underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students, faculty, and staff, and promoting inclusion, student success and excellence within the University.

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As a result of Medina’s leadership, SUNY has received the prestigious HEED Award for 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 from Insight into Diversity Magazine, one of the oldest and largest diversity publications to cover higher education nationally. Recently, he was named as a recipient of the 2016 Public Service Award by the Suffolk County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission, as well as receiving the 2014 Diversity Visionary Award also given by Insight into Diversity Magazine, in recognition of his outstanding contributions in diversity and inclusion in higher education.

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He has more than 25 years of progressive responsibility in state government and higher education with proven experience in leadership, management, and staff development. He received his B.S.E. degree from SUNY Cortland, his M.P.S. in Human Services Administration from Cornell University, and his Doctorate in Education at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY. He is a member of Kappa Delta Pi.

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The Illustrious Awards, a signature initiative of The Institute for Latino Studies, documents and highlights the contributions of Tri-State Area Latinos to the advancement of the United States of America. The contributions of Latino icons are video-featured and honored in a professionally produced formal ceremony and Collectible Tribute Journal.

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To watch videos showcasing testimonies of some honorees and for more information about award recipients and the ceremony, visit www.illustriousawards.com or www.instituteforlatinostudies.org

First Dominican Elected in USA to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Arthur O Eve The First Dominican American Elected in the United States

Arthur O. Eve will travel from Buffalo, NY to New Jersey to Accept the Award

Mr. Arthur O. Eve, acclaimed for being the first Dominican elected to public office in the United States, will travel from Buffalo, NY, to Newark, NJ to receive The Illustrious Lifetime Achievement Award for his many contributions to the advancement of US diverse communities.

He served with distinction as New York State Assembly member for 36 years (from 1967 to 2002). During his time in office, he was one of the highest ranking members of the New York State Legislature. He served as Deputy Speaker of the NYS Assembly from 1979 to 2002.

Mr. Eve rose to prominence in the mid-1960s during Buffalo’s civil disturbances. He expanded his notability during the Attica Prison Riots. In Buffalo’s Civil Rights Movement riots, Mr. Eve attempted to organize formal meetings in order to avert physical confrontations.

He is credited for being one of the founders of the NYS Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus.

During his first term he led the effort to obtain an initial $500,000 of funding to establish the State University of New York’s SEEK/Educational Opportunity Program. Since its inception, the program has helped thousands of students in both The State University of New York and The City University of New York.

Mr. Eve is recognized as a leader on just about every issue that’s important to families.
Many believe that during his career of public service Eve has done more to initiate opportunities for minorities and the economically disadvantaged in the field of educational opportunity, undergraduate and graduate education, medical degrees, pre-natal, day care and infant care, than any other state legislator in the nation.

The Illustrious Awards document and highlight the contributions of Latino icons to the advancement of the United States of America and its diverse communities.

Mr. Eve will attend the Illustrious Awards Ceremony slated to take place on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 6pm at Rutgers University Robeson Campus Center located at 350 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd Newark, NJ 07102.

To RSVP visit www.illustriousawards.com

ILS research conducted by Néstor Montilla, Sr. indicates that Mr. Eve’s father, Arthur B. Eve Sr., was born in 1912 in Puerto Plata, a province on the northern cost of the Dominican Republic. His mother, Ruby Wilson Eve, was from the Bahamas in the Caribbean.

“My father was Dominican and my mother from the Bahamas,” he stated to Montilla during a video interview at his residence in Buffalo, NY.

According to Montilla, in the 1920s, in the midst of the 8-year U.S. occupation of the Dominican Republic, Eve, Sr. his seven siblings and their parents, immigrated from Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic to Miami, Florida, where they settled. Subsequently, in his early twenties, Eve, Sr. moved with his wife and her mother to new York City, where his so Arthur O. Eve was born in Harlem on March 23, 1933.

A video excerpt of Mr. Eve’s life story will be featured at the event on September 24th. His complete life story will be featured on The Latino Illustrious, an original documentary to be released in 2017.

To watch videos showcasing testimonies of some nominees and for more information about award recipients and the ceremony, visit www.illustriousawards.com or www.instituteforlatinostudies.org