Hispanicize Founder Manny Ruiz: Power In Unity At Upcoming 2016 Event
Manny Ruiz, founder of the annual Hispanicize conference, posed for this photograph in his office in downtown Miami in March, 2016. Andrew Innerarity / for NBC News
“We feel a responsibility, not just to make an event that is for these industries but that also tells the true and positive stories of Latinos making a change and making a difference in their communities,” Ruiz explained.
The winners of the Positive Impact Awards, which honor those who volunteer their time to make a difference in the lives of Hispanics, were announced earlier in March. The winners are Doniece Sandoval, who founded Lava Mae, which provides “bathroom-on-wheels” to the homeless in California; Veronica Herrera, who since 1992 has created programs that provide job training and promote diversity in Tennessee through her job as an educator and volunteer; Sarahi Espinoza, who launched a website and app to provide resources and information for undocumented students interested in going to college; and Rebecca Garcia, who co-founded Coder-Dojo, a non-profit which teaches young people how to code and develop websites, programs, apps, and games.
Attendees watching Venezuelan star duo ‘Chino y Nacho’ perform. Alain Green / Hispanicize Event 2015
Ruiz said this year he is focused more on the legacy of Hispanicize.
“This is the year that we will begin to show our leadership and the fact that we ourselves have ideas that can propel us forward,” said Ruiz. The goal is to make Hispanicize “a force for good.”
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