CFA Activist Isidro Ortiz honored with national award

Isidro Ortiz, a Chicana and Chicano Studies Professor at San Diego State, was recently awarded the 2017 Davenport Award by the National Council for Higher Education of NEA.

The award is named for John Davenport, the first president of NCHE, who taught community college and “worked tirelessly for two decades for higher education faculty and programs with NEA and internationally,” said CFA Treasurer Susan Green. The award memorializes Davenport’s commitment to “the belief that all educators must work together as one, kindergarten through graduate school.”

Ortiz will be honored Friday, March 17 at NEA’s Higher Education Conference in Dallas.

Ortiz said he is humbled by the recognition, and his “accomplishments during the past 30 years in the CSU could not have occurred without the support, friendship and solidarity of my CFA colleagues.”

“Like many these colleagues, I have been a teacher-scholar-activist. My work with students has focused on mentoring students and promoting leadership development among students at San Diego State. Many of the students I have mentored, such as now State Senator Ricardo Lara, have become labor, political, community and educational leaders across the state,” he said.

“I was a first-generation college student from a working-class union family. I hope that students will look at my journey and learn that, as Cesar Chavez declared, ‘Si se Puede.’”

Congratulations Isidro and thank you for all you do for students throughout California and our union!