Celebrate and honor the accomplishments of a local Latino/Latina by nominating him or her for the 2013 Diamante Awards. Past recipients have included Adelante Latino & Community Resources Center, Ohio Senator Teresa Fedor, and Toledo Fire Chief Luis Santiago. Nominations open now through August 4, in the following five categories:

  • Latino/Latina Youth Leadership (16-21 years of age) Recognizes a young person (individual) of Latino descent, between the ages of 16-21, that has made an impact in the Latino community in Northwest Ohio.
  • Latino/Latina Adult Leadership Recognizes an adult of Latino descent over age 21, who demonstrated significant leadership in the Latino community in Northwest Ohio.
  • Latino/Latina Adult Professional Recognizes the contributions of professionals of Latino descent making a significant impact in their workplace or profession.
  • Corporation/Community Agency/Group This is the only "group" category. Recognized an entity for supporting and making an impact within the Northwest Ohio community.
  • Friend of the Latino Community Recognizes the contribution of an individual, of non-Latino descent, that is making an impact on the Latino community in Northwest Ohio.

Lourdes University will host the 2013 Diamante Awards, which will take place in the Franciscan Center on Friday, September 13. For more information about the Diamante Awards and to nominate an individual or group online, visit http://diamantetoledo.org.

To celebrate the profound and lasting influence that Latinos have on American history, values, and culture, the Diamante (diamond in Spanish) Awards were founded in 1989 by IMAGE of Northwest Ohio, a local Latino advocacy group. The awards recognize individuals and organizations for their outstanding achievements and service to Latinos.

In 2003, the Diamante Latino Scholars Campaign was added into the awards celebration, a one-of-a-kind student scholarship fund sponsored by Bowling Green State University, Herzing University, Lourdes University, Owens Community College, and The University of Toledo. To date, the Diamante Latino Scholars Campaign has contributed approximately $1 million to Latino student scholarships in the region.