Carolina Reyes, M.D., Attending Physician at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and assistant professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (HSF Scholar 1983, 1986, 1987), who represents the Altruista awarded for personifying the spirit of gratitude, the value of giving back and the philosophy: "Of those to whom much is given, much is expected." Born into a family of eight children to third generation agricultural workers who had little schooling themselves, Reyes graduated from Stanford University and Harvard University's medical school, discovered a correlation between chronic health problems among Latinas and domestic violence, and co-authored a book on domestic violence and health care policies and prevention.
Sergio Troncoso's stories are about growing up on the Mexican-American border of El Paso, Texas and about living in New York City. He also focuses on moral and philosophical questions.
In 1999, Troncoso's book of short stories, The Last Tortilla and Other Stories (University of Arizona Press), won the Premio Aztlan for the best book by a new Chicano writer, and the Southwest Book Award from the Border Regional Library Association.
Troncoso's stories have been featured in The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature (W.W. Norton), North of the Rio Grande (Penguin Putnam), Once Upon a Cuento (Curbstone Press), Revista Tierra Adentro: Cuentario (Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes: Mexico City), City Wilds: Essays and Stories about Urban Nature (University of Georgia Press), and New World: Young Latino Writers (Dell). His work has also appeared in Creative Nonfiction, Newsday, The El Paso Times, Hadassah Magazine, Other Voices, and Blue Mesa Review.
Martha Chávez McGivney is Director of the Master of Science in Public Policy and Management Program at the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management (Heinz School) at Carnegie Mellon University. Through her commitment, perseverance and boundless energy, she exemplifies limitless potential and is working to open educational opportunities for other Hispanics. She was born in Guanajuato, Mexico, raised in the Central Valley of Soledad, California and currently resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As an advocate for Hispanics, her goal has been to advance and expand educational opportunities for the Hispanic and Latino community. Martha has worked tirelessly to establish partnerships and made significant contributions to the team that solidified the Heinz School’s first major gift designated for Hispanic scholarships and internships at the Heinz School.
Martha was selected by Carnegie Mellon’s President, Jared Cohen, to serve on his Diversity Advisory Council to provide strategic direction for recruiting and retaining underrepresented minority faculty, staff and students and strives to make Carnegie Mellon a national example of how diversity enhances an academic institution. Martha was recently presented with the Staff Excellence Award from Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management for outstanding service to the Heinz School community by a staff member, the first time an employee with less than one year’s service has won the award.
Throughout her career, she has completed numerous internships and educational programs with local, state, and national organizations focusing on serving the public, and in particular, the Hispanic community. Martha received her undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley and Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University. Martha was also selected and served as a Presidential Management Intern—one of the most prestigious federal programs that attracts outstanding individuals to a career in public service by offering the best and the brightest two years of rotational internships in top federal agencies.
Hisauro Garza, Ph.D., Director of the Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies at the University of Oklahoma. (HSF Scholar 1983), who represents the Optimista, which honors success achieved through unflagging persistence in the face of adversity. Garza, the son of first-generation Mexican American campesinos, faced many battles early on, including the murder of his father at an agricultural labor camp and attending more than 30 different schools. He eventually overcame these obstacles to receive not only his bachelor's and master's degrees, but a Ph.D. as well. Dr. Garza taught at several colleges and universities including the University of Santa Clara in Santa Clara, California; University of California at Santa Barbara; San Jose State University, and California State University, Fresno. During his tenure as a Ford Foundation Doctoral Fellow, as a University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellow, and as a university professor, he conducted extensive research on Chicanos/Latinos in the U.S. professoriate and racial/ethnic relations. He has published many articles in various scholarly journals and reports on migrant families and their children in the United States.
The Honorable Alberto R. Gonzales, Counsel to the President of the United States (Honorary HSF Scholar). who represents the Triunfador, awarded for realizing the ultimate achievement in his profession and personifying the HSF value of "raising the bar." Gonzales, the second of eight children to parents who had not completed elementary school, graduated from the Air Force Academy and Harvard University's law school to ultimately become the president's advisor on all legal issues concerning the Office of the President and the White House, including policy, ethics and legislation.