Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa, M.D., will receive the Chair’s Award—one of the highest honors by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI)—during the largest gathering of Latino leaders in the country on Oct. 2 in Washington D.C.
The Chancellor is being honored with the prestigious award for his accomplishments, leadership and outstanding service to the Latino community.
“I am so pleased to recognize and celebrate Dr. Cigarroa as a positive role model for all Americans. His personal path and many professional successes prove that the American Dream is achievable through higher education, hard work and most importantly by giving back to our community,” said CHCI Chair Rep. Rubén Hinojosa in a statement released by the organization.
The Chair’s Award highlights the many rich contributions made by Latinos who have not only succeeded in their individual careers, but who also serve as positive role models and empower Latino youth to believe that anything is achievable through higher education, hard work and pursuit of the American Dream.
“I am incredibly honored to receive this award from such a prestigious group that works to promote access and opportunity,” said Chancellor Cigarroa. “CHCI’s mission is incredibly important and perfectly aligned with what we at The University of Texas System are working toward. As both a physician and educator, I truly believe that education saves lives. We are working to save and improve lives by creating pathways to higher education.”
The award will be presented during the CHCI’s 36th Annual Awards Gala. The event is the largest gathering of Latino leaders in the country and is part of CHCI’s Hispanic Heritage Month events.