Hector Mendiola, Utah State University Extension Director of the program for Latino communities, was awarded the Utah Valley University Rubio Lifetime Community Award for his commitment to advancing the Latino Community. Mendiola recently received the award at the Latin American Celebration held on the UVU Campus. According to Yudi Lewis of the UVU Latino Initiative, the program aims to increase educational and career partners, engaging parents and students and their families in local communities by networking with community partners, engaging parents and students along their educational pathways and providing culturally sensitive and relevant educational information. Mendiola says he is proud to be designated for the award. But he also says he believes his work with the Latino community in Utah could not have been achieved without support from USU Extension, and its partners: the Consulate of Mexico in Salt Lake City, the Technological Institute of Monterey, Mexico, USU Charter Credit Union and the school districts of Logan, Cache, Granite and Salt Lake City.
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