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October 15, 2018 – The Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan (HLCOM) recognized leaders from the Hispanic community and celebrated the rich Hispanic heritage of Michigan on Friday evening during the Statewide Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration. The emcee for this year’s event was Q-TV's Somos Hispanos host Nina Hageness and the theme was “Celebrating our Heritage.”
The evening included a networking reception, elegant dinner, and keynote address from Jose Angel Gutierrez, PH.D., J.D. founder of the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Appreciation awards were presented to six community leaders from around the state who have made outstanding contributions to the Hispanic/Latino community in Michigan. The night concluded with the presentation of ten $1,000 scholarships to current college students from various community colleges and universities.
“Recognizing our community leaders, the top 50 Latinas in Michigan, and scholarship recipients is something the HLCOM is honored to do each year,” said HLCOM Executive Director Felipe Lopez Sustaita. “We are proud to lead this Statewide Hispanic Heritage Month event honoring those who are committed to bettering the lives of our Hispanic Latino community, and the future of Michigan.”
The Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan was created in 1975 to represent the interests of Michigan's Hispanic and Latino population – one of the fastest-growing ethnic groups in the state. The Commission, made up of 15 individuals appointed by the Governor, advises the Governor and state legislature on policy matters and serves Michigan’s Hispanic and Latino population by fostering and celebrating their achievements and promoting their development and welfare.
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