Roberto Felipe Maestas Legacy Awards & Scholarships
Roberto’s life was dedicated to building the “Beloved Community”* through multi-racial unity, and he deeply believed that poverty, racism and social inequity could only be eradicated if people of all races and backgrounds came together to do so.
It is in honor of Roberto and his legacy that the Roberto Felipe Maestas Legacy Award will recognize two individuals who have exemplified building the Beloved Community through multi-racial unity, and working to eliminate poverty, racism and social inequity.
El Centro de la Raza will celebrate them and their contributions by making a $1,000 gift in their name to an organization of their choice. These awards made possible by the Marguerite Casey Foundation.
*Martin Luther King, Jr.
Monserrat is the Network Coordinator of Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network. She has been organizing and mobilizing the LGTBQ community for the past ten years to inform state legislation. Pictured Below: On right.
Shankar is the Technology and Liberty Project Director at the ACLU of Washington. Under the Trump Administration, he mitigated the adverse impacts of big data on immigrant and refugees communities by spearheading the surveillance transparency legislation passed by Seattle City Council. Pictured Below: On left.
Roberto Felipe Maestas Scholarships
In addition to the Legacy Awards, 10 high school students are awarded with the Roberto Felipe Maestas Legacy Scholarships. Each recipient receives a scholarship of $1,000 to be applied towards post-secondary education in honor of Roberto’s legacy.
These scholarships are made possible by donations to the John Knoll, Starbucks Hora del Cafe and GiveBig Donors.
Mission, Values & Principles
As an organization
grounded in the Latino community, our mission is to build unity across
all racial and economic sectors, to organize, empower, and defend our
most vulnerable and marginalized populations and to bring justice,
dignity, equality, and freedom to all the peoples of the world.
We envision a world free of oppression based on poverty, racism,
sexism, sexual orientation, and discrimination of any kind that limits
equal access to the resources that ensure a healthy and productive life
in peace, love and harmony for all peoples and our future generations.
El Centro de la Raza “Familia” adopted twelve guiding principles in the fall of 1976, four years into our existence.
It was a defining moment in our organization’s history for it
clarified what we were determined to become as a new and innovative
organization born out of the violent worldwide struggle to create a
In essence these twelve principles become our “constitution” and have
been critical in guiding us through the agony and ecstasy of our 37
They were adopted during a weekend statewide conference of students,
farmworkers, academics, women, unemployed and organizers from
Chicano/Latino, Black, Indian, Asian and White communities.
(A special “Gracias” is reserved for the leadership of the exiled
Chilean community for their extraordinary clarity and political maturity
reflected in these principles.)
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