Hispanic Heroes Go All Out for Education


What makes a hero? The very word implies a superlative effort, perhaps of superhuman or supernatural nature; an action or succession of actions that display an individual’s courage, selflessness, his or her will to reach a goal in spite of obstacles, criticism and the inevitable passage of time. With this, we find, our vision of what a hero is can be very fluid:

Is a hero someone like Theresa Alvillar-Speake, former Director of the Office of Minority Economic Impact and Diversity under the Bush Administration, who has fought incessantly as a Minority Business advocate? Is it an everyday person, like Mr. Gustavo Díaz, an Ecuadorian immigrant and proud parent, who has been able to instill his children with a love for education and hard work, despite the fact that he is confined to a wheelchair? Or can a hero somehow be waiting in the wings, like 17 year-old Alexis Hernández, who has overcome his Salvadorian family’s financial hardships by way of a relentless dedication to his studies?

On June 11th, 2009, the 3rd Annual Hispanic Hero Awards Gala organized by the U.S. Hispanic Youth Entrepreneur Education [USHYEE] and sponsored by the Mirant Corporation, set out to refine our definition of this overused term.


Hispanic Heroes Go All Out for Education

This article originally appeared at Examiner.com on June 12th, 2009.

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