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Yolanda Flores (holding plaque) is joined by (left to right) Sue Zwayer, Human Relations Commission member; Heather Huffman, HRC secretary; Barbara Toth, HRC chair, and Sylvia Chandler, HRC treasurer.

Yolanda Flores (holding plaque) is joined by (left to right) Sue Zwayer, Human Relations Commission member; Heather Huffman, HRC secretary; Barbara Toth, HRC chair, and Sylvia Chandler, HRC treasurer.

Yolanda Flores honored with Miguel Ornelas Award

Each year, many good things happen on campus to promote better relations among people and an understanding of other cultures. But they don’t happen without assistance, which is what Yolanda Flores of the Office of Multicultural and Academic Initiatives has steadfastly provided.

On Oct. 15, Flores was presented the Miguel Ornelas Human Relations Award, which is granted annually to acknowledge contributions to the University community and to inspire activism and service. The award recognizes an individual and/or a group or organization on campus whose programs, services or actions, in the judgment of the Human Relations Commission, have significantly enhanced positive human relations at BGSU. 

Flores has worked on the Latino Issues Conference for 15 years and was one of the founding members of the Latino Cultural Artists Association. She has assisted with Multicultural and Academic Initiatives’ annual dinner theatre and Kwanzaa celebrations for several years. She has also served as advisor to Lambda Gamma and
Sigma Lambda Beta.

“In short, Yolanda has promoted and encouraged positive human relations, the diverse contributions of others and multiculturalism at BGSU for many years,” said Barbara Toth, chair of the Human Relations Commission.

In keeping with Flores’ Latina heritage, Toth presented the award in Spanish, saying,
Es un honor para mí presentar el premio Miguel Ornelas, el cual se regala para reconocer las contribuciones de una persona que promueve las relaciones humanas positivas de manera muy especial.”

The award is given in honor of Dr. Miguel Ornelas, a former Human Relations Commission member and director of affirmative action at BGSU, and is intended to bring to the attention of the University community the actions and services of those who reflect his values. Before his death in 1989, Ornelas served as an advocate for issues of diversity, as head of the Ohio Hispanic Institute of Opportunity and as a member of the University’s Graduate Student Senate, Third World Graduate Association and La Union de Estudiantes Latinos. He was the recipient of the first Hispanic Award from Project Search.

October 27, 2008