El Centro Award Nominations

We are excited to announce our nominations for our El Centro Awards for the 2020-2021 school year. While we will be unable to honor our recipients at our Annual End of Year Celebration, it is important for us to take some time to celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of students, faculty and staff. We recognize in this incredibly difficult year there are students, faculty and staff who have done really important work and contributed in significant ways to our community. It is important we take time to honor and appreciate these contributions. Please take a moment to look at the nomination’s descriptions and fill out the following form to nominate a student, staff, and or faculty.  


Submissions due Monday April 12th at noon

 La Conexion Participant Award   

La Conexion (The Connection) is a peer mentorship program in El Centro, which aims to retain and build a community for first-year/transfer Latinx students. This award is given to a first-year/ transfer student who actively participates in La Conexion, demonstrates a commitment to the program, actively encourages and supports their peers and upholds La Conexion’s core values (community, academic excellence, cultural pride, and student engagement).   

Latinx Graduate Student Award   

This award recognizes a masters or doctoral Latinx student who excels in their academic field through research, practice and or community engagement. The recipient of this award is students who is actively engaged in giving back to their community through their field work.  

Mary Ontiveros Latinx Faculty/Staff Award  

The Mary Ontiveros Latinx Faculty/Staff award is given to a CSU Latinx faculty or staff member who has impacted Colorado State University or Northern Colorado Latinx communities through their work, practice, research, scholarship, mentorship or contributions. This award, founded in 2021, is given in honor of the legacy of Mary Ontiveros, Emeritus Vice President for Diversity. Mary is a CSU alum and began her career at CSU in El Centro. She worked in a variety of areas on campus throughout the course of her 45 years, ending her career as the first Vice President for Diversity. Mary contributed significantly to the Latinx community at CSU and throughout the state of Colorado in ways that will have long-lasting impacts on our comunidad.    

Dr. Guadalupe Salazar Outstanding Student Legacy Award

The Dr. Guadalupe Salazar Outstanding Student Legacy Award is awarded to one undergraduate student who demonstrates excellent academic achievement with at least 60 completed academic credits (Junior or Senior Standing) and is in good academic standing. This student initiates programming and community involvement, demonstrates strong leadership, and exemplifies integrity in their daily lives. 

Dr. Guadalupe Salazar is a Colorado State University alum, and previous director of El Centro. She dedicated 30 plus years of her career supporting Latinx students and communities at Colorado State University, within the Pourde School District and in the Northern Colorado community 

*The Winner of this award will receive a $100 gift contribution from Dr. Guadalupe Salazar