Gloria Family and JJC Award Recipients Recognized at Latinos Unidos Banquet


The Garcia family is pictured with Latino Support Specialist and Latinos Unidos advisor Martha Villegas Miranda.

Joliet Junior College’s student-run organization, Latinos Unidos, honored the Gloria family of Joliet and other award recipients at its fifth annual end-of-the-year Dreaming for the Future Scholarship Benefit on Friday, May 5.

With more than 100 in attendance, this was the most successful benefit organized by Latinos Unidos.

The Gloria Family, made up of Juan, María, and their grown children David, Veronica, Isabel and Erick, were recognized as this year’s Voz De Valor Award recipients in the field of education in the community.

Juan founded the organization Familias Unidas Por La Educación years ago to empower Latino families and help them understand the U.S. education system. The organization’s goal is to support students and their families and encourage them to pursue a higher education and graduate.

Left to Right: Amy Simms, Martha Villegas Miranda, Chris Ulreich

The Gloria family also volunteers with other community groups including Our Lady of Mount Carmel and the Spanish Community Center.

In addition to the Voz De Valor Award, Amy Sims and Chris Ulreich of JJC’s Office of Student Activities were presented with the Corazon de JJC Award; and JJC’s Emerging Leader Award winners were students Juan Mendoza and Diana Almazan.

JJC student Ysandra Ortiz was recognized as one of the 2016-2017 Latinos Unidos scholarship award recipients, along with Grace Estrada, who was not present.

For the 2017-2018 school year, Latinos Unidos will donate $2,000 of its funds to four scholarship recipients ($500 each). This is an outstanding achievement for Latinos Unidos because the club has never awarded more than two scholarships per year.

They were chosen based on their community involvement and impact on District 525’s Latino community.

Scholarship recipient Ysandra Ortiz is pictured in the middle with past scholarship recipients Samantha Ante (left) and Ana Cano (right) .

Attendees also heard from keynote speaker Alfonso Treviño Jr., M.S.W., a JJC alum who works in the public health sector at Test Positive Aware Network as a Ryan White Part A Case Manager.

For more information about the Latinos Unidos club or the Office of Multicultural Affairs at JJC, please visit

Keynote speaker Alfonso Treviño is pictured with Latinos Unidos President Samantha Ante and Vice President Juan Coyt.

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