Richard Montez: October 20, 2020

HOW CREATIVE AND INNOVATIVE PRACTICES AT HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS CAN CULTIVATE HISPANIC TALENT

MEET THE 2020 COORS LIGHT LEADER OF THE YEAR

 

Richard Montez

Director of Member Services at the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities

 

For 14 years, the Coors Light Líderes program has recognized, highlighted and honored the achievements of emerging Latino leaders through an online public voting competition, a national campaign, and robust community outreach. Richard Montez was named the 2020 Coors Light Líder of the Year and his award included a $25,000 grant to the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), a non-profit whose mission is to champion and cultivate Hispanic talent and success by developing creative and innovative practices currently implemented by college campuses across the nation through HACU.

 

 

Richard’s work beyond HACU extends to community service in the local area. For the past seven years he has served as board chair at Inner City Development, a San Antonio nonprofit that serves the most economically marginalized neighborhood in Bexar County, and the same area where he grew up. His dedication to the mission of HACU and his other community involvement initiatives have been greatly influenced by his childhood. As a first-generation high school and college graduate, he has focused heavily on education and its impacts on breaking cycles that can lead to poverty and challenges in educational attainment for underserved communities.

 

Mr. Montez was among many Latino leaders nominated by local and national nonprofit organizations for their leadership and contributions to their communities.  The program has also raised awareness and highlighted the achievements of emerging leaders within the Hispanic community by offering up-and-coming Latino professionals leadership tools, counsel and the opportunity to network.

 

For more information go to: www.CoorsLightlideres.com

 

MORE ABOUT RICHARD MONTEZ:

Richard Montez has always believed that true leadership only happens when love and empathy are paired with real world experiences. He was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. He grew up on the west side, in one of the poorest areas of the city. While his family struggled economically, Richard gained a keen understanding of the hardships facing many in his community. Today, he spends his time and energy focusing on solutions to the many challenges plaguing underserved and underrepresented groups.

 

Since 2017 Richard has served as Director of Member Services at the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), a national nonprofit whose mission is to Champion Hispanic Success in Higher Education. Additionally, Richard plans and coordinates the organization’s annual Dean’s Forum on Hispanic Higher Education, now in its ninth year. He also serves as an active committee member of the ¡Lánzate!/Take Off! Higher Education Travel Award Program, a partnership between Southwest Airlines and HACU that awards roundtrip tickets to currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students across the country who travel away from home to pursue a higher education. During his tenure at HACU, the organization continues to grow its membership with over 500 hundred members. Over 300 of HACU’s members are Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs).

 

 

 

 

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