Denver Public Library Latino Community Service Awards

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Award winners will be celebrated at the awards presentation in September at the Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch Library. The event is free and open to the public.

The Lena L. Archuleta Community Service Award

Lena Archuleta
Lena Archuleta

The recipient will be a female Colorado resident of Latino descent who has taken an active role in the community, above and beyond paid employment. The recipient will have made an impact on the cultural life of the community through her involvement with the Denver Public Library or another civic or cultural institution. Members of the general community, including those affiliated with the library may be considered for the award. The nominee must be living.

Past award recipients are: Lena L. Archuleta (2002), Olibama Lopez Tushar (2003), Beverly Martinez (2004), Carlos Fresquez (2005), Anthony J. Garcia (2006), Magdalena Aguayo (2007), Rosa Linda Aguirre (2008), Clara Ricciardi (2009), Florence Hernández-Ramos (2010), Rita Flores de Wallace (2011), Lucia S. Aandahl (2012), Carlota EspinoZa (2013), Adelia Trujillo-Cisneros (2014), Jamie Torres (2015), Pilar Castro-Reino (2016), Olga J. Garcia (2017).

Eric J. Duran Community Service Award

Eric J. Duran
Eric J. Duran

The recipient will be a male Colorado resident of Latino descent who has taken an active role in the community, above and beyond paid employment. The recipient will have made an impact on the cultural life of the community through his involvement with the Denver Public Library or another civic or cultural institution. Members of the general community, including those affiliated with the library may be considered for the award. The nominee must be living.

Past award recipients are: Eric J. Duran (2015), Frank Fresquez (2016), Antonio Mercado (2017).

The César Chávez Latino Leadership Hall of Fame Award

Photo of Cesar Chavez
César Chávez

This award celebrates the induction of two individuals (one male and one female) into the César Chávez Leadership Hall of Fame. The recipients will be Coloradans of Latino descent who have made major contributions in a particular field that has positively impacted Denver’s community. The nominee must be living.

Past award recipients are: Ruben Valdez & Lena L. Archuleta (2002), Manuel “Sam” Sandos & Polly Baca (2003), Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales & Mary Baca (2004), The Honorable Roger Cisneros & Rosemary Rodriguez (2005), Senator Ken Salazar & Reverend Lucia Gúzman (2006), Secretary Federico Peña & Flora Rodriguez Russel (2007), Salvadore (Sal) Carpio Jr. & Patricia Barela Rivera (2008), Jim Garcia & Katherine Archuleta (2009), Bernard “Bernie” Valdez & Denise Maes (2010), Carlos Castañeda & Dr. Patricia Baca (2011), Guillermo “Bill” Vidal & Theresa K. Peña (2012), Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia & Councilwoman Judy H. Montero (2013), Ramon Del Castillo, Ph.D. & Lydia Prado, Ph.D. (2014), Don Mares & Angie Rivera-Malpiede (2015), Dr. Luis Torres & Marlene De La Rosa (2016), Jenny A. Santos & Manuel Ramos (2017).

About the Awards

Lena L. Archuleta Award
The award is named for Lena L. Archuleta, longtime educator, civic leader and former Denver Public Library Commissioner, who worked tirelessly to establish greater ties between the Hispanic Community and the Denver Public Library.

Eric J. Duran Award
The award is named for Eric J. Duran, community leader and former Denver Public Library Commissioner, who worked tirelessly to strengthen and maintain ties between the Hispanic Community and the Denver Public Library.

César Chávez Award
The award is named for César Chávez, a national Hispanic leader who served the Latino community and helped Latinos gain recognition for their contributions to the nation. He is known for his support of farm workers, which resulted in the formation of the United Farm Workers, and his commitment to public action, social justice and non-violence.

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