On June 30 the Mexican American Community Services Agency (MACSA) will roll out the red carpet to honor the 100 Most Influential Latinos of Silicon Valley at the Mexican Heritage Plaza during the inaugural Red Carpet Gala. Among the 100 honorees will be two Santa Clara University professors, Ana Maria Pineda, associate professor of religious studies and Francisco Jimenez, professor of modern languages and literatures.
"By honoring Sister Ana Maria Pineda, me, and the other Latino honorees in the Silicon Valley, Latinos everywhere and our entire Silicon Valley community are being honored. I also feel proud that two out of ten Latinos in the category of education -- there are 10 categories-- are from Santa Clara University," said Jimenez. Pineda added, "It is a moving recognition coming from the Latino community for doing something that I love and value. It is also a tribute to my parents' sacrifices to educate me while preserving my Latino identity."
The general public may visit www.redcarpetgala.com to view the list of the 100 honorees and cast a vote for the most influential honoree in each of the ten categories. The categories include: arts and culture; labor; business; law and pubic safety; community and philanthropy; media; education; technology; health, and sciences, government; and legends. The top ten honorees will be announced at the Red Carpet Gala Awards Ceremony.
About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its 8,377 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master’s and law degrees and engineering Ph.D.s. Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more information, see www.scu.edu