Ruben Viramontez Anguiano (right) receives the 2009 Miguel Ornelas Human Relations award from Marshall Rose, director of the Office of Equity
A BGSU student and faculty member will be honored at the 21st annual Diamante Awards. The ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. on Sept. 10 at the Hilton Toledo on the University of Toledo Health Science campus. The awards recognize individuals and organizations for their outstanding achievements and service to Latinos.
Lauryn Vargas, a senior majoring in criminal justice from Toledo and a Cabinet member of the Latino Student Union (LSU), will receive the Youth Leadership award. As an LSU member, Vargas is part of the student recruitment committee to show Latino students around campus and encourage them to attend BGSU. She is also involved with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, attended the 2010 Hispanic Leadership Conference in Lorain and is helping to organize students for the 2011 Cesar Chavez blood drive.
“I was really surprised and very honored to be the named a recipient this year,” Vargas said. “The BGSU admissions staff is very welcoming to Latino students and really make you feel you can be a part of the culture here, which is also our job at the Latino Student Union. We want Latino students to stay at BGSU and help bring our culture
This year’s Latino Adult Professional award will go to Dr. Ruben Viramontez Anguiano, School of Family and Consumer Sciences. The certified family life educator has served as an advocate for Latino families for 15 years. Winner of last year’s Miguel Ornelas Human Relations award, Viramontez Anguiano serves on the Board of Directors for Adelante Inc., the Latino Resource Center in Toledo and the Children’s Resource Center in Bowling Green. He has also worked for many years with the Perrysburg Heights Community Association and the Ohio Migrant Education Center.
Seven BGSU students will also receive the BGSU Diamante Foundation Scholarship.
Since the program’s inception, more than 100 individuals and organizations have received Diamante scholarships and awards.
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