2018 Award Winners
One of the highlights each year is the announcement of the recipient of The César Chávez Diversity Award, presented to an individual or organization in recognition of their outstanding community leadership and diversity.
This year the Diversity Award in Education, Business and the community will be presented to Petra Falcon and to Tio Tachias.
Petra Falcon is Executive Director of Promise Arizona (PAZ), which received the 2017 Affiliate Award for Advocacy from UnidosUS (formerly NCLR). Founded in 2010 (after a 103-day vigil against SB1070), PAZ is training and empowering a new generation of leaders in a new Arizona where anyone can achieve their full potential. A veteran activist, Falcon is a fourth-generation Arizonan. Her organizing career spans more than 25 years. Since its creation, PAZ has registered tens of thousands of new voters, helped hundreds acquire citizenship or legal status, including DACA, and launched the careers of community leaders across the country. A recipient of Mexico's prestigious Ohtli Award, Falcon lives by the philosophy that effective organizing builds leadership and capacity across diverse communities.
Tio Tachias, was six when his family migrated to Flagstaff where he lived and worked for 40 years. Tio was elected to Coconino County Board of Supervisors in 1964 and then reelected six terms. He was the youngest County Supervisor ever elected in Arizona at the age of 27, and the second elected Latino in Arizona.
Tio was active in the Arizona County Supervisors Association, Arizona Association of Counties and its first Latino President in 1976. He became a member of the Governor’s Advisory Board of Economic Planning and Development. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Academy, sponsor of the Arizona Town Hall, and the second Latino elected to its board. Tio also served as the only Latino on the prestigious National Board of the public Broadcasting Service. Tio served on the board of directing the Boy’s Club of Flagstaff and Northern Arizona Crises Nursery.
In 1980 he was appointed by Governor Bruce Babbitt to the Arizona Board of Regents to the state of university systems, again the first Latino ever. In 1984 he served as the President to the Board of Regents.
Tio feels that education and mentoring our youth to become successful is essential for our society. Tio has mentored countless individuals for guidance. More recently, he has served the Phoenix Boys Choir, Arizona Latino Arts Council and a stepping stone foundation.
September 11, 2016 former Governor Rose Mofford and former United Stated Senator Dennis DeConcini Served and Co- Chairs to Tio Retirement Celebration. The dinner was graced by many friends of Tio’s for well wishes in his retirement years.