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October 29th is the deadline to vote for the 2010 MillerCoors Líder of the the Year.  Chosen through online votes, the MillerCoors Líder of the Year receives $25,000 to work on a community project benefiting Latinos. By taking a few minutes to read through the profiles of the 12 nominated 2010 Líderes and voting for the person and project you feel is most deserving you WILL make a difference in our community.


“Each year Líderes honors outstanding Hispanic individuals for their vision, commitment to service and ability to inspire their communities. Drawn from different areas of our community… these líderes have had a positive impact on the communities they serve, achieved personal and professional success, and served as role-models and mentors for the next generation of Hispanic leaders.” (For nomination criteria click here)


My endorsement goes to Raul Magdaleno, nominated by Parents Step Ahead of Dallas, Texas. A few months ago I wrote about Parents Step Ahead for this blog. They are a tiny non-profit making a huge impact on education in their city with the message:

“Don’t allow anyone or anything to make you think that your kids can’t get to college. Not your income, education or immigration status. Just get involved!”

Raul Magdaleno is one of their dedicated volunteers. If voted Lider of the Year he plans to use his funding to support projects with Parents Step Ahead and other organizations of which he is a part. The funds would make a significant impact on this small organization which was hard hit in the economic downturn as donations dropped off.  (Vote for Raul)


  1. Special Assistant to the Dean of Southern Methodist University Meadows School of the Arts.
  2. Developed the University’s first diversity and community service office and under his leadership volunteerism for the school increased substantially.
  3. Serves on the University’s President’s Commission on the Status of Racial Minorities, and as an advisor in developing strategies to address community educational needs and diversity initiatives.
  4. A dedicated volunteer for Parents Step Ahead and mentor to young Latinos.
  5. As a committed youth volunteer at Reconciliation Outreach, he accumulated over 30,000 hours of service.
  6. Awarded the U.S. Congressional Award Gold Medal, the highest civilian award given by Congress, for commitment to community.
  7. In 2001 he helped found “The Refuge,” a shelter for battered women and children.
  8. Creating the first homeless shelter for college students in the country.
  9. Caregiver of his elderly mother, Maria Zerme?o and in the process of adopting his older sister, Sylvia Magdaleno, who is gifted with down-syndrome.


By guest contributor, Charlotte Melanie.


About Adriana Villavicencio

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio is the youngest child of Ecuadorian immigrants. She has moved 29 times in her life, taking her on a journey from California to Bangalore, India, and New York City, where she recently earned a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and works as a Research Associate at New York University. An avid traveler, Adriana has collected experiences in four different continents and 16 different countries. But as a former high school English teacher, some of her fondest memories are those of her brilliant and brilliantly funny students in Brooklyn and Oakland. Adriana has contributed to several publications including the Daily News and, and is a managing editor for the Journal of Equity in Education. She earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English Education at Columbia University, and currently serves on the board of Columbia’s Latino Alumni Association (LAACU). She enjoys scary movies with red vines, Sauvignon Blanc, and her Maltese dog, Napoleon.

To learn more about Adriana’s education consulting company, please visit

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author and should not be understood to be shared by Being Latino, Inc.


  1. k. Cedano says:


  2. Raul Magdaleno says:

    Charlotte, thank you for your support !

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