On Oct. 14 EPCC hosted its Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration Mentor’s Dinner at the ASC building.
(L) Dr. Diana Natalicio, president of UTEP and Olga Chavez, district director for the Diversity Programs Office.
The theme at this year’s dinner; “Preserving Our Legacy” brought many people together from the El Paso community to recognize exceptional people that give a meaning to what it is to be a Hispanic.
As a motivational speaker, Villaseñor passionately addressed the difficulties of growing up Hispanic, bilingual and dyslexic in a white community, and how to channel personal rage into something constructive in life.
The second awarded mentor was Mr. David L. Carrasco whose wife Marjorie Partin received the Hispanic Heritage award.
Carrasco who was the first Mexican- American coach of a southern university also was the director of the Job Corps beginning in 1970.
Also being awarded was the Joe Mora family for their continuous support in the community.
Joe B. Mora, who originally proposed the idea of Chico’s Tacos, has left his legacy behind and it has survived because of his wife Emma, his three sons and two daughters.
Receiving the award was his son Joe Mora Jr.
The third to be recognized at this year’s mentor’s dinner was Mr. Fred Loya Sr. who owns Loya Insurance, a multimillion dollar company that has now reached to 700 offices in the United States.
The last mentor, Dr. Diana Natalicio, named president of UTEP in 1988, was honored with the 2016 Hispanic Heritage Award in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.EPCC Scholarship Recipients were also recognized for their achievements and struggle to winning such an award.
The first called to stage, Randy N. Polanco, gave a speech about how coming from the Dominican Republic he never gave up and kept working hard to become a registered nurse.
The second scholarship recipient, Esmeralda Carranza, shared her story and how she was supported by her family to pursue her dreams.