The Recuerda a César Chávez Committee presents the annual César E. Chávez “Sí Se Puede” Award and Dolores Huerta “Sí Se Puede” Award to two individuals who have exemplified the ideals of César E. Chávez and Dolores Huerta by making meaningful contributions to our communities through leadership, service, and education. 

We encourage you to nominate a community member for the Sí Se Puede Awards. For full details, please review the submission guidelines.

Nomination Process: Your nomination must include a short essay/bio illustrating the nominee’s qualifications within the below criteria. Please include your name and contact information, in addition to the contact information of your nominee.

Nomination Criteria: The recipient of the award should exemplify the following characteristics:

  • Demonstrate dedication to the legacy of César Chávez and Dolores Huerta: Exemplify nonviolent philosophy in the struggle against injustice and the fight for peace and dignity in his or her community. Have a demonstrated willingness to sacrifice for the good of others. 
  • Demonstrate leadership in his or her community: Have a history of organizing that engages and empowers the community by motivating and mobilizing others toward an understanding of, and quest for, human rights and social justice for all people. 
  • Demonstrate a sustained commitment to service in their community: Advocate for social, economic and environmental justice through volunteer activism/organizing with the underprivileged, marginalized and underrepresented. 

E-mail nominations to: All nominations must be received no later than March 2, 2018.

Awards will be presented at the 25th Annual César Chávez Day Festival on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

Past Award Winners

12th Annual - 2017

Enrique Cardiel

Rosa Cervantes

11th Annual – 2016

     Carlos Marentes

     Alicia Marentes

10th Annual – 2015

     Richard Moore

     Sally-Alice Thompson

9th Annual – 2014

     Arturo Sandoval

     Sophia Martinez

8th Annual – 2013

     Mike Swisher

     Alma Rosa Silva Bañuelos

7th Annual – 2012

     Delbert Carrillo

     Eleanor Chavez

6th Annual – 2011

     Bennie Medina

     Maclovia Sanchez de Zamora

5th Annual – 2010

     L. Pablo Trujillo

     Kelley Burns 

4th Annual – 2009

     Chuy Martinez

     Rachel LaZar

 3rd Annual – 2008

     Cheo Torres

     Josie Marrujo

 2nd Annual – 2007

     Emil Shaw

     Lucille Cordova

 1st Annual – 2006

     Eduardo Hernandez-Chavez

     Ysaura Bernal