Recommended by National Education Association Region 1 President Yolanda Molina, LUPE director Juanita Valdez-Cox will receive the NEA’s César Chávez Acción y Compromiso Human and Civil Rights Award. The award recognizes those who “follow the exemplary footsteps of César Chávez in philosophy, work and leadership” and is awarded yearly.
Prompted by the NEA’s recognition, the Hidalgo County Commissioners Court also honored Juanita with a resolution recognizing her commitment to following Chávez’ legacy and working to improve the lives of Valley residents.
In addition to the César Chávez Award, the NEA gives out awards honoring the legacy of Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr. and other historic leaders as part of the Human and Civil Rights Awards program, which seeks to honor individuals who take a stand for human and civil rights and who increase educational opportunities for students of color. Juanita will be recognized along with other awardees from around the nation July 2nd in New Orleans.