Wednesday July 18, 2007

Honoring Latin Soul

Nominations are open for the Alma Latina award which recognizes those Miami Valley individuals and organizations who have demonstrated "Latin Soul" by helping Latinos and keeping alive Hispanic culture.

Sponsored by the University of Dayton's Office of Diverse Student Populations, the award is given to individuals or organizations throughout the region who have made great efforts to support the Latino population, said Indra Leyva-Santiago.

"Our goals are to celebrate Latino culture and recognize the contributions Hispanics are making in the community," said Leyva-Santiago, coordinator of Latin American Student Services at the University. "We also want to commemorate the coming together of the American and Hispanic ways of life."

Criteria for selection include how the nominee has enhanced, supported or had an impact on the Latino community in the Dayton-Miami Valley region, she said. Nominators are asked to complete an application form and may also highlight other outstanding contributions.

This year's award will be presented at a Sept. 20 ceremony and dinner.

Last year, Sister Maria Stacey, of the Hispanic Catholic Ministry, was honored for her efforts to create a more inclusive environment for the immigrant community in Dayton, said Leyva-Santiago.

Nominations for the award will be accepted through Aug. 13.

For more information and to obtain nomination forms, contact Indra Leyva-Santiago at 937-229-3635 or