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TelevisaUnivision Launches “UniVisionarios” to Honor Exceptional U.S. Hispanics

Hispanic Heritage Foundation

Teresa Rodriguez Will Host the New Platform that Celebrates Hispanic Excellence and Culture

Recognizing Scientists, Entrepreneurs, Educators, Artists, Advocates, Among Others

Advisory Board Members Include Gloria Estefan, Emilio Estefan, Dr. Julio Frenk, Dr. Pedro Greer, Dolores Huerta, Mark Hugo Lopez, and Antonio Tijerino

VERSIÓN EN ESPAÑOL

MIAMI – FEBRUARY 28 – TelevisaUnivision Inc., the world’s leading Spanish-language media and content company, and the fastest-growing media company in the U.S., has launched “UniVisionarios,” a new initiative to honor exceptional U.S. Hispanics and their remarkable contributions to their communities and the world. Univision’s Teresa Rodriguez, the highly acclaimed journalist and host of “UniVisionarios,” made the official announcement during Univision’s “Premio Lo Nuestro,” the world’s longest-running Latin music award show. “UniVisionarios” is the first Spanish-language platform to recognize individuals committed to helping and improving the advancement of the Hispanic community in the U.S.

Starting today through March 28, 2022, UniVisionarios.com is accepting submissions for the category MiUniVisionarios Awards (click here for eligibility requirements). TelevisaUnivision will review all submissions/nominations for eligibility. “UniVisionarios” will recognize people on a national level in the following categories:

  • Pioneers: Recognizes a person who paves the way for others to follow, someone who pushes boundaries to advance a cause or idea or breaks a record.
  • Self-starers: A person with a unique talent and skills. Someone who moves emotions and develops creative works.
  • Game Changers: An individual or company that significantly alters the way things are done as a whole, individuals who use their personality, intelligence, relationships and/or position to spark change.
  • Domain Experts: Someone who is an expert in their field, confident, and courageous enough to make decisions. Someone who can see how things can be improved and rallies people to move toward that better vision. Someone who makes their vision a reality while putting people first.
  • #MiVisionario: People who work tirelessly every day giving of themselves to help their community. These everyday UniVisionarios impacted the Hispanic community, improving lives and helping others achieve their goals.

The Advisory Committee will select the nominees from the pool of eligible candidates. The Advisory Board is composed of inspiring leaders with a remarkable track record and a notable role in the Hispanic cultural landscape. Its members are Gloria Estefan & Emilio Estefan, Dr. Julio Frenk, Dr. Pedro Greer, Dolores Huerta, Mark Hugo Lopez, and Antonio Tijerino.

TelevisaUnivision will feature the top 25 nominees on its linear, digital, and audio platforms throughout the year. Coverage will include special segments on Univision Noticias, TUDN network, Univision.com, Uforia’s radio network, and across flagship shows “Depierta América,” “El Gordo y La Flaca,” “Primer Impacto,” “Aquí y Ahora,” among others.

The top 10 finalist, nominated by the Advisory Committee and Univision viewers, will be announced during the celebration of the UniVisionarios Awards Ceremony later this year.

Univision’s Teresa Rodriguez will host and play a key role in the production of the special segments telling the personal and professional stories of the 25 extraordinary Hispanic leaders. A symbol of pride in the community herself, Teresa Rodriguez is a 15-time Emmy-award winning journalist, and winner of a George Foster Peabody and the Silver Angel for Excellence in Media Awards. She is also a best-seller author, and currently a member of the Miami Dade College Alumni Council.

MEET THE ADVISORY BOARD

  • Gloria Estefan: Multiple GRAMMY award-winning singer, actress, songwriter, author of two New York Times best-selling children’s books, philanthropist, and humanitarian. Honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She is the founder of the Gloria Estefan Foundation whose mission is to support charitable programs for disadvantaged children and empower young people through education and opportunity. The Foundation also supports spinal cord research through the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.
  • Emilio Estefan: Multiple GRAMMY Award winner musician, songwriter, record and television producer, best-selling author, filmmaker, and cultural ambassador. Honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame presented him with a lifetime achievement award.
  • Julio Frenk: A fourth-generation physician whose paternal grandparents fled Germany in the early 1930’s to build a new life in Mexico, Julio Frenk catalyzed his deep gratitude for the kindness of strangers into a lifelong mission to improve the health, education, and well-being of people around the world. He has held various leadership roles in global health including serving as an executive director at the World Health Organization and as Mexico’s Secretary of Health. He also lead Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In 2015, he became the sixth president of the University of Miami.
  • Pedro Greer: Dr. Greer has been an advocate for health equity by engaging communities to create effective health and social policies and accessible health care systems. He established Camillus Health Concern, Inc. and Saint John Bosco, health centers for underserved populations in Miami-Dade County, Florida. He has received numerous recognitions, including Bob Graham Center for Public Service 2017 Citizen of the Year; 2014 National Jefferson Award in the category of Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged; 2013 Great Floridian Award; the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom; 1997 the Presidential Service Award and in 1993, was honored as a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” Fellow.
  • Dolores Huerta: a celebrated Latina labor leader, activist, and community organizer. She has worked for civil rights and social justice for over 50 years. In 1962 she and Cesar Chavez founded the United Farm Workers union. In 2002, she received the Puffin/Nation $100,000 prize for Creative Citizenship which she used to establish the Dolores Huerta Foundation. DHF connects community-based organizing to state and national movements to register and educate voters; advocate for education reform; bring about infrastructure improvements in low-income communities; advocate for greater equality for the LGBT community; and create strong leadership development. Dolores is a two-time US Presidential Award Recipient; she received the Medal of Freedom Award from President Obama in 2012, and the Eleanor D. Roosevelt Human Rights Award from President Clinton in 1998.
  • Mark Hugo Lopez: Director of race and ethnicity research at Pew Research Center, where he leads planning of the Center’s research agenda focused on chronicling the diverse, ever-changing racial and ethnic landscape of the United States. He is an expert on issues of racial and ethnic identity, Latino politics and culture, the U.S. Hispanic and Asian American populations, global and domestic immigration, and the U.S. demographic landscape. Lopez was previously the Center’s director of Global Migration and Demography, and of Hispanic research.
  • Antonio Tijerino: President and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, a national nonprofit focused on education, workforce, social impact, and culture through innovative leadership. HHF under Tijerino’s leaderhip is recognized as a creative, agile, impact-focused organization recognized by The White House, US Congress, Fortune 500 companies, other nonprofits and the Government of Mexico. Tijerino is also executive producer of the Hispanic Heritage Awards at the Kennedy Center, which are broadcast on PBS. 

 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

“P&G and Walmart are the launch partners of the UniVisionarios platform. Each brand brings a long-standing commitment to supporting and uplifting the U.S. Hispanic community and share values that align with the goals and mission of the UniVisionarios platform.”

Visit corporate.televisaunivision.com for more information on TelevisaUnivision and follow UnivisionPRTeam on Twitter and Instagram.

CONTACT: Jose Zamora josezamora@univision.net

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