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CSUSB LEAD Program Selected as 2014 Educational Advocate

Hispanic Lifestyle names the Latino Education and Advocacy Days project as the 2014 Educational Advocate of the Year

By LatinoLA Contributor
Published on LatinoLA: November 16, 2014


CSUSB LEAD Program Selected as 2014 Educational Advocate


Hispanic Lifestyle has named the Latino Education and Advocacy Days project at Cal State San Bernardino as the 2014 Educational Advocate of the Year for its work and promotion of educational issues affecting Latinos.

The award is one of the Inland Empire Hispanic Image Awards, which recognize the contributions of Latinos in the areas of community service and education. The awards are given annually by Hispanic Lifestyle, an independently produced television program that profiles and promotes positive images of the Latino community and is broadcast on PBS and independent stations in California, Arizona, Oklahoma and Texas.

The Inland Empire Hispanic Image Awards will take place Wed., Dec. 3, at 5:30 p.m. at the Riverside Convention Center. The awards are also sponsored by Southwest Airlines, Bank of America and Altura Credit Union.

The Latino Education and Advocacy Days project holds an annual summit that focuses on educational issues affecting Latinos at the national, regional and local levels, said LEAD founder and executive director Enrique Murillo, who is a professor in the CSUSB College of Education.

"It's truly an honor for LEAD to be named as a recipient of the winner of the 2014 Educational Advocate of the Year," Murillo said. "It's a tribute to all the hard work, dedication and countless hours that our amazing staff and volunteers have put into advancing education issues affecting Latinos."

The LEAD summit has attracted considerable interest since its inception in 2010. The first conference at Cal State San Bernardino was attended by more than 1,000 people, and viewed at more than 40 universities throughout the U.S. at town halls via webcast.

In the fifth summit held earlier this year, about 1,100 people came to the CSUSB campus. The summit was webcast simultaneously to more than 1,500 viewing sites in the United States and in 32 countries, including Mexico, Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, England, Guatemala, Iceland, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, Spain and South Korea. The webcast was courtesy of LatinoGraduate.net.

The summit, according to estimates, has attracted 17.25 million viewers and listeners from throughout the world through webcasts, AM radio, Internet radio, public television, commercial television, cable television and social media.

During a Mexican Independence Day Celebration held at Cal State San Bernardino on Sept. 15, the Mexican government honored LEAD and Murillo for their work and advocacy on Latino education. Murillo received the Ohtli award--the highest honor presented to a civilian outside Mexico for "services rendered to the dissemination of Mexican culture abroad."

During the event, LEAD was also recognized by California State Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown and the state legislature with Resolution ACR 109, which recognizes the last week of March as Latino Education Advocacy Days in an effort to raise awareness about the educational issues that impact Latinos in California.

The selection of the 2014 honorees was conducted by Richard Sandoval, president and founder of Hispanic Lifestyle, with input of past Inland Empire Hispanic Image awardees. Throughout the years the community has recognized the achievements of more than 100 Latinos in the Inland Empire. California's Inland Empire, encompassing Riverside and San Bernardino counties, is home to more than 2.2 million Latinos. The Inland Empire Hispanic Image Awards, which debuted in 1998, is produced by Hispanic Lifestyle television.

For more information about Hispanic Lifestyle, visit http://www.hispaniclifestyle.com/about. For more information about the Inland Empire Hispanic Image Awards, visit: http://www.hispaniclifestyle.com/articles/education/event-inland-empire-hispanic-image-awards.

For more information about the Latino Education and Advocacy Days project, visit http://lead.csusb.edu/

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