Saturday, February 10, 2024

South San Francisco Conference Center

Thank you for joining us for CLF’s Annual Awards Celebration on Saturday, February 10, 2024! This year’s theme centers on the core of what the Chicana Latina Foundation strives to do, honor our stories. Join us as we celebrate those who have shined a light into our community by using their art to honor where we have been and where we can go.


Legacy Award

Amalia Mesa-Bains

Amalia Mesa-Bains is an artist and cultural critic. Her artworks, primarily interpretations of traditional. Chicano altars, resonate both in contemporary formal terms and in their ties to her Chicano community and history. She has pioneered the documentation and understanding of Chicano traditions in Mexican- American art and is a leader in the field of community arts. Among her many awards is the distinction gushed Mac Arthur Fellowship. She is Professor Emerita in the Visual and Public Art department at California State University at Monterey Bay. She is Co-author with bell hooks of Homegrown: Engaged Cultural Criticism as well as many seminal essays on Latino Art.

Portrait of Amalia by Johanna Poethig

Dr. Olga Terrazas Trailblazer Award

Reyna Grande

Reyna Grande is the author of the bestselling memoirs, The Distance Between Us (Atria, 2012) and A Dream Called Home (Atria, 2018), where she writes about her life before and after she arrived in the United States from Mexico as an undocumented child immigrant.  Born in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico, Reyna was two years old when her father left for the U.S. to find work. Her mother followed her father north two years later, leaving Reyna and her siblings behind in Mexico. In 1985, when Reyna was nine, she left Iguala to make her own journey north.

Writing about immigration, family separation, language trauma, the price of the American Dream, and her writing journey, Reyna’s work has appeared in The New York Times, the Dallas Morning News, CNN, The Lily at The Washington Post, Buzzfeed, among others. In March 2020, she was a guest on Oprah’s Book Club television special. Reyna has received an American Book Award, the El Premio Aztlán Literary Award, and the International Latino Book Award

Special Performance


¡Chicanísima! is a 25 – minute* opera by Carla Lucero, commissioned by Quinteto Latino. It chronicles the life and work of legendary Chicanx leader and LGBTQ+ activist, Olga Talamante. The opera explores her journey from working the garlic fields as a child in Gilroy, California, to her decades of activism in the US, Mexico and in Argentina, where she became a political prisoner. Ultimately, Olga frees herself from the psychological hold of her captors and releases her heart from 40 years of suppressing the memories of violence perpetrated against her. She finally finds peace, and in the process of healing, the love of her life, Vola. 

Armando Castellano – French horn, hand drum
Diane Grubbe – Flute, Ocarina
Tiffanie Trujillo – Soprano

There will be a 10 minute preview at the event.*

Musical Guest

OmeDJ: Ome López

Since they began DJing in 1999 Omedj has become known for their infectious energetic stage presence & an eclectic pallet in song selections. Ome has performed and emceed in front of audiences awaiting Grammy-winning artists such as La Santa Cecilia and Little Joe y La Familia to other acclaimed acts like Ty Dolla $ign, Saul Williams, Chicano Batman, Las Cafeteras & Climbing Poetree. In addition to their DJ duties, Ome Quetzal Lopez is also the co-founder of Dulce UpFront, an award-winning multi-media art-activist organization, having produced over one hundred events capturing the attention of thousands of people. In 2018, Ome was awarded Inspirational Queer Activist by Queer Out and highlighted by Rise Up, alongside Alicia Garza & Bambadjan Bamba, as part of the next generation of activists in California who are actively creating and inspiring change on a local and global level. In 2020, Ome was awarded City of Fresno District One Woman of the Year in Arts & Culture. 

2023 Leadership & Scholarship Awardees

Abigail Hernandez Francisco

San Jose State University Criminology

Adela Equihua-Sánchez

UC Santa Cruz
Cognitive Science

Alina Zarate

UC Berkeley
Environmental Sciences & Interdisciplinary Studies

Anna Diaz

UC Berkeley
Legal Studies

Anna Lee Sanchez

UC Berkeley

Brianna Ochoa Zavalza

UC Davis

Claudia Muralles

Sonoma State University
Environmental Sciences, Geography, and Management

Daniela Zopiyatle

San Jose State University
MA in Business Administration

Danielle Castillo

San Jose State University
Child and Adolescent Development

Deandra Han Garcia

UC Berkeley

Diana Lopez Rosillo

Sonoma State University
Business Accounting

Elena Suarez

CSU East Bay

Elizabeth Castro

San Francisco State University
Early Child and Adolescent Development

Elizabeth Meza Rosas

Santa Clara University

Emily Gonzalez

Contra Costa College

Emma Fernandez

Woodland Community College
Physical Assistant

Itzarely Godinez

CSU Monterey Bay
Molecular Biology

Janeth Ochoa Birrueta

San Francisco State University
Biomedical Science

Jocelyn Velazquez

UC San Diego

Maria Estrada

UC Berkeley
Mechanical Engineering

Maria Munoz Yepez

Santa Clara University
MA in Spanish

Maribel Anguiano

UC Davis

Maribel Sanchez

San Jose State University
Counseling and Guidance

Maricruz Marquez Alvarado

CSU Monterey Bay
Collaborative Health and Human Services

Marissa Sandoval

UC Davis
MA in Population Biology

Marta Duarte Ruiz

San Francisco State University
Communication Studies

Miriam Trigo

Stanford University
Materials Science and Engineering

Natalie Fierro

UC Berkeley
Legal Studies

Naxely Belmont

UC Los Angeles

Norma Guerrero

University of San Francisco
MA in Nonprofit Administration

Paloma Quiroz

Santa Rosa Junior College
Social and Behavioral Sciences

Paola Argueta

UC Santa Cruz

Patricia Corona

University of Southern California
Marriage and Family Therapy

Perla Gomez Olguin

San Francisco State University

Priscilla Amao

CSU Monterey Bay
MA in Social Work

Rubi Gonzales

UC Berkeley
Jurisprudence & Social Policy Ph.D

Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca

Santa Clara University
Sociology & Ethnic Studies

Sofia Portillo

Stanford University
Community Health and Prevention Research

Sonia Lizama

Midwives College of Utah

Stephanie Tena-Meza

Stanford University
Science, Technology and Society

Tatiana Torres

UC Berkeley
Political Science

Xenia Giolli

San Francisco State University
Dietetics & Nutrition and Latino/a Studies

Yadira Guerrero

San Jose State University
Public Health

Yanelli Flores

UC Berkeley

Yanet Gutierrez


Can’t Wait? Watch last year celebration!