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Bentonville, Arkansas - October, 2009
Making a difference in the Latino community of Northwest Arkansas has been the primary goal of Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity Inc., since its arrival as the first Latino fraternity in Arkansas in 2007.
The community has recognized that effort Oct. 15 in the form of an 11th annual Héroes de Corazõn award, one of the most prestigious awards given to community leaders in the area. The Alpha Lambda Chapter of Phi Iota Alpha at the University of Arkansas, received the Heritage Leaders Award for their work and partnerships with groups on campus, along with community organizations to bring awareness to the issues affecting the Latino community.
"We will continue to get our name out, but most important serve as role models to the coming generations," said Cesar Hurtado, president of the chapter. "This recognition serves us as motivation," added Rafael Arciga, past president of the chapter and recipient of his own Héroes de Corazón award. "There is much work to be done in our communities and Phiota will be there to represent and stand for better communities and Latinos."
Since its establishment at the University of Arkansas, Phi Iota Alpha and its members have been heavily involved in issues affecting their community, especially the student and immigrant population throughout the state and nationwide. Even before their fraternal membership, most members had made an impact in the community, such as their work in outreach to high school Latinos about higher education.
The event was sponsored by Walmart and its Hispanic/Latino Associate Resource Group (HLARG) and was also part of the closing celebration for this year's Hispanic Heritage month