11.11.2008

Latino Scholar Dr. Rodolfo Acuña to Receive National Hispanic Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award

PIONEERING LATINO SCHOLAR RODOLFO ACUNA TO BE AWARDED LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD AT NATIONAL HISPANIC INSTITUTE'S CELEBRACION 2008
Nov. 15 award ceremony celebrating respected author and professor to cap off event celebrating top Latino high school students

The National Hispanic Institute, which has been working for nearly 30 years to prepare high-performing Latino high school students for leadership roles in the U.S. Latino community, will honor celebrated Latino scholar Dr. Rodolfo Acuña next month at its annual Celebracion event in Austin.

Acuña, currently Professor of Chicano Studies at California State University at Northridge, is a pioneering Latino scholar, whose many works focusing on the U.S. Latino experience include the groundbreaking 1972 work, Occupied America: A History of Chicanos, now in its sixth printing.

Acuña will be honored with the National Hispanic Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award, the organization's highest honor. The organization has helped nearly 70,000 Latino students develop the leadership and communications skills necessary to lead the U.S. Latino community.

Acuña will be awarded at a banquet event Saturday, November 15, 7 p.m., at the Hilton Austin Airport. Tickets for the event are $50 per person; for more information, visit www.nhi-net.org or call 512.357.6137.