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

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The Institute for Latino Studies (ILS) is pleased to present in video the recipients of The Illustrious Awards 2017.
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.
RSVP is required for admission. A full house is expected.  To RSVP and for more information visit:


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.

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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.

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