Salgado '91 to Speak at Commencement 2013
April 15, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— President and CEO of Instituto del Progreso Latino and Illinois
Wesleyan University alumnus Juan Salgado will deliver the address “You Who” for the
University's Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 5 at 1 p.m. Salgado will be one of two recipients of an honorary doctor
of humane letters degree during the Commencement ceremony, along with Robert Parris
Moses, founder and president of the Algebra Project.
The approximately 485 members of the Class of 2013 will be the first Illinois Wesleyan
graduates to receive their diploma on the Glenn and Rozanne P. Kemp Commencement Plaza
at State Farm Hall.
In the event of heavy rains or weather alerts, the ceremony and reception will be
held in the Shirk Center (302 E. Emerson St., Bloomington). The entire ceremony will
be streamed online and viewable afterward on demand.
A 1991 graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University, Salgado is an influential civic leader
and social innovator. For the past 12 years, Salgado has led the Instituto, a not-for-profit
organization which creates educational, training, and community engagement initiatives
and workforce opportunities for Latino communities in Chicago, through a period of
national award-winning recognition and historic organizational growth.
Most recently, Instituto has founded the Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy,
a new charter high school aimed at inspiring and preparing Chicago’s youth for success
in the growing healthcare fields. In 2009, the Instituto was selected as the National
Council of La Raza’s Affiliate of the Year and was also given an Award of Excellence
from the United States Department of Labor in 2008.
A significant voice in local and national settings for his work on the educational,
political and economic advancement of the Latino community, Salgado was recognized
as a 2011 White House Champion of Change for Social Innovation. In 2010, he was the
recipient of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund Excellence in Community
Service Award. From 2006 to 2009, he served as an advisor to President of Mexico Felipe
Calderon on the state of Mexican immigrants in the United States. Salgado was also
the recipient of the 2007 and 2009 Aspen Ideas Festival Fellowship, joining top decision-makers,
journalists, artists, policy experts and government officials from across the globe.
In 2005, he earned a fellowship in the distinguished Leadership Greater Chicago program.
An economics major at Illinois Wesleyan, Salgado grew up in Calumet Park, Ill. After
winning a graduate fellowship to study at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,
he earned a master’s degree in urban planning in 1993. He currently serves on numerous
boards in the Chicago-land area.
A lifelong social activist, civil rights pioneer and a visionary educator, Moses is
the founder and president of the Algebra Project (AP), a not-for-profit organization
that uses mathematics as an organizing tool to ensure quality public school education
for every child in America.
Robert Parris Moses
Photo courtesy of Michael Lisnet, Math for America
In 1982, Moses received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and subsequently started
the Algebra Project, a United States mathematics literacy effort aimed at helping
students successfully achieve the mathematical skills that are essential in our technology-based
society. The AP focuses on math education and training to prepare disadvantaged students
for an increasingly competitive job marketplace, in an effort to remove barriers to
economic opportunity and workforce equality.
Moses’ focus on education is part of a lifetime commitment he has made to civil rights.
A prominent figure in the Civil Rights Movement as a field secretary for the Student
Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Moses initiated SNCC’s Mississippi Voter
Registration Project in 1961, and was appointed its director in 1962.
Born and raised in Harlem, Moses received a bachelor’s degree in 1956 from Hamilton
College in New York, and a master’s degree in philosophy from Harvard University in
Moses is co-author of Radical Equations: Civil Rights from Mississippi to the Algebra Project and co-editor of Quality Education as a Constitutional Right: Creating a Grassroots Movement to Transform
Public Schools. He is the recipient of many awards including: the McGraw Hill Award in Education
(2004), the Mary Chase Smith Award (2002), the Nation/Puffin Prize for Creative Citizenship
(2001) and the Heinz Award for the Human Condition (2000).
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