Annual recognition awards

Each year, the Chicano/Latino Faculty and Staff Association (CLFSA) recognizes an outstanding student, staff, faculty and community members.

Nominations for these awards come from you and community members affiliated with Arizona State University. All recipients are presented with their award at our CLFSA End of the Year Celebration in May. Nominations are due in April.

Direct questions to: 

CLFSA past president, Anita.Luera at

The Dr. Christine Marin Staff Award
Born in Globe, Arizona, Christine Marin began her tenure at ASU in 1961 when she enrolled as a student. Chris earned a B.A. in English (1976) and a M.A. in History (1982) and Ph.D. (2005) from ASU. As a student, Chris became active, becoming a founding member of the Mexican American Students' Organization (1967) which is now known as MEChA. In 1967, Chris joined the ASU staff as a library assistant where she began efforts to initiate and institutionalize what is now the Chicano Research Collection in Hayden Library; she now serves as its curator and archivist. As a devoted ASU staff member, Chris has served in various university committees, task forces, and administrative positions. More importantly, Chris has compassionately served our students, faculty, and community. Christine Marin exemplifies devotion to public service and advancement of our Hispanic heritage in her efforts of preservation and documentation. In honor of these achievements, the ASU CLFSA recognizes an ASU staff member who exemplifies: passion of their profession, Outreach to Hispanic youth, Leadership at ASU/the community, and Community service/involvement. To view past Dr. Christine Marin Staff Award Honorees, click here.

The Dr. Manuel Servin Faculty Award
Historian, professor, and editor, Dr. Manuel Servin was born in El Paso, Texas but grew up in Calexico, California. He served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and took advantage of the G.I. Bill to pursue a college education. Professor Servin earned a B.A. in Liberal Arts (1949) and his M.A. (1954) and his Ph.D. (1959) in Mexican and Latin American History from the University of Southern California. Professor Servin joined the ASU faculty in 1969, after teaching at El Camino College and USC. In 1970, Professor Servin quickly shined at ASU when he published one of the early collections of historical essays on the Chicano experience. He also served as editor of historical journals of the Southwest, enabling many Chicano students to publish articles on the Chicano experience. Professor Servin continued to train graduate students in Chicano history until poor health forced him into retirement. Dr. Manuel Servin's dedication to scholarly research, study of the Chicano experience, and mentorship of Chicano students brought regional visibility and recognition to ASU. In honor of these achievements, the ASU CLFSA recognizes an ASU faculty member who exemplifies: achievement in research, Mentorship of Hispanic students, Leadership at ASU/the community, and Community service/involvement. To view past Dr. Manuel Servin Faculty Award Honorees, click here.

The Roberto L. Pastor Student Award
Roberto L. Pastor was one of the early Chicano student leaders at ASU during the initial "Levantamiento Estudiantil" in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Roberto helped spearhead the ASU/SOUTHWEST Chicano Mobile Project, an early upstart of the community-based recruitment and retention projects benefiting the Chicano community. Through his efforts, Roberto a leading force and community-based coalition builder, giving birth to the development of Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc., Barrio Youth, Inc., and Valle Del Sol Institute, Inc. In 1974, Roberto successfully launched his candidacy for Justice of the Peace in south Phoenix and served as Justice of the Peace until his untimely death in an auto accident. Roberto L. Pastor served as an energetic role model for students of all ages and forged a leadership role in the Hispanic community of Arizona. In honor of these achievements, the ASU CLFSA recognizes a graduating ASU undergraduate or graduate student who exemplifies: academic achievement, Outreach to Hispanic youth, Leadership at ASU/the community, and Community service/involvement. To view past Past Roberto L. Pastor Student Award Honorees, click here.

The Virginia E. Cárdenas Student Advocacy Award
Virginia Cárdenas was born in Apizaco, Tlaxcala, Mexico, and emmigrated to the United States (North Las Vegas, Nevada) at the age of seven. Virginia never forgot her Mexican raices and spent most of her career working with recent immigrants or their children, first at Chandler High School and thereafter at Arizona State University where she worked as the eighth grade advisor in the Hispanic Mother Daughter Program. Virginia's other great passion was arts and culture, a passion reflected not only in her personal art collection, but also in her many years of service as Chair of the Arizona Commission on the Arts and as a longtime board member of Xico Inc. In honor of her dedication to student advocacy, the ASU CLFSA recognizes an individual, group, or business exemplifying passion for Latino student advocacy. To view past Virginia E. Cárdenas Student Advocacy Award Honorees, click here.

The César E. Chávez Community Service Award
Born in Yuma, AZ, Dr. César E. Chávez grew up in California as a migrant farm worker. Witnessing the environmental conditions of our community, César organized grassroots efforts to improve the working and living conditions. His efforts led to the founding the United Farm Workers Association. Arizona State University honored César in 1992 with an Honorary Doctorate Degree of Humane Letters, Honors Causa, for his efforts in community building and improving the working conditions of migrant farm workers. César inspired others to share, care, and above all, build a sense of community within the neighborhoods that we were raised and must now serve. Based upon his spirit, passion, tireless action, and leadership, César stands as a national legend. A devoted father, community organizer, activist, and non-violent leader, Dr. César E. Chávez lent his support to causes which improved the living and working conditions for many. In honor of these achievements, the ASU CLFSA recognizes a community member who exemplifies: community activism, Outreach to Hispanic youth, a Strong foundation of leadership, and Establishment of community collaborations. To view past Past César E. Chávez Community Service Award Honorees, click here.

The Alberto Álvaro Ríos Sangre de Arte Award
Alberto Álvaro Ríos was born on September 18, 1952, in Nogales, Arizona. He received a BA degree in 1974 and an MFA in creative writing in 1979, both from the University of Arizona. Ríos is a writer, arts advocate, poet, teacher, and a Regents’ Professor at Arizona State University (ASU), where he has taught for over 35 years and where he holds the further distinctions of the Katharine C. Turner Endowed Chair in English and University Professor of Letters. In 2013, he was designated the inaugural Arizona Poet Laureate, and in 2014 was elected to the Board of Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets. Ríos is the author of eleven books and chapbooks of poetry, three collections of short stories, and a memoir about growing up on the Mexico-Arizona border. His memoir, called Capirotada: A Nogales Memoir, won the Latino Literary Hall of Fame Award and was designated the OneBookArizona choice for 2009. Ríos’ work is regularly taught, translated and included in more than 300 national and international anthologies, and has been adapted to dance and both classical and popular music. He holds numerous awards, including six Pushcart Prizes in both poetry and fiction, the Arizona Governor’s Arts Award and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Along with his many accolades, Regents’ Professor Ríos has mentored generations of Chicano/Latino students aspiring to be creative writers and artists. Regents’ Professor Alberto Álvaro Ríos’ artistic creativity, used to imagine, change, experiment, and commemorate the Southwest in conjunction with his mentorship of so many students has brought international visibility and recognition to Arizona. In honor of these achievements, the ASU CLFSA recognizes an individual, group, or organization exemplifying passion for creatively affecting their community through the arts, mentorship of Chicano/Latino students, and leadership within ASU or the community. To view past Alberto Álvaro Ríos Sangre de Arte Award Honorees, click here.