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UC Riverside Professor Emeritus Carlos Cortes Honored at Hispanic Image Awards

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Cortes serves as cultural consultant for Nickelodeon's pre-school television series, "Dora the Explorer."


Carlos Cortes, Professor Emeritus of History at UC Riverside, was honored as Educator of the Year at the 8th Annual Inland Empire Hispanic Image Awards.

The awards celebrate achievement by Hispanic community members in numerous arenas, such as business, community involvement, non-profit organizations and elected office.

The ceremony was hosted by Hispanic Lifestyle magazine.

"We are excited to honor Carlos Cortes, who is o­ne of the strong local leaders in education involving the Hispanic community," said Richard Sandoval, publisher of Hispanic Lifestyle magazine. "Carlos has shown an immense interest in research and activity that benefits the community."

Cortes accomplishes these things with a winning style, Sandoval said. "People are immediately drawn to him. Carlos has a way of breaking down complex issues and finding ways to get results."

Cortes is a native Californian with a long history of both education and community involvement. His worldwide lectures cover issues of education, government, private business and the mass media.

His two most recent books, "The Children Are Watching: How the Media Teach about Diversity," and "The Making-and-Remaking-of a Multiculturalist," explored diverse Hispanic issues. Cortes has also edited three major book series, totaling 106 volumes, o­n Latinos in the United States.

In 2001, Cortes received the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators' Outstanding Contribution to Higher Education Award. His other awards include two book prizes, UCR's Distinguished Teaching Award and Faculty Public Service Award, the Distinguished California Humanist Award, the American Society for Training and Development's National Multicultural Trainer of the Year Award and the California Council for the Social Studies' Hilda Taba Award.

Cortes has written film and television documentaries, and appeared as guest host o­n the PBS national television series "Why in the World." He is the featured presenter o­n the Video Journal of Education's training video, "Diversity in the Classroom," and serves as cultural consultant for Nickelodeon's pre-school television series, "Dora the Explorer." Cortes is currently working o­n two books: "Letters to Alana: An Autobiographical Portrait of an American Family" and "Hollywood's Last Taboo: Interracial Love in American Motion Pictures."

Since 1990, Cortes has served o­n the summer faculty of the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education, and since 1995 has served o­n the faculty of the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication.

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