The Orgullo Hispano, or Hispanic Pride, Award recognizes Unsung Heroes in our community: Latinx adults or young people who have been persistently working to better their immediate community—neighborhood, school, work place, nonprofit or civic organization.

Each year we also recognize an Amigx We Love—a non-Latinx individual whose work, efforts or voice have promoted, in meaningful ways, the vision of a welcoming Nashville and Tennessee where Latinxs, and all immigrants, are embraced as integral members of our communities.


Dr. Héctor Carrasco

Tennessee Department of Health

Throughout the pandemic, Dr. Carrasco has generously volunteered his time to inform the Spanish-speaking community about COVID-19–from preventing its spread, to the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine. In addition to appearing in videos for Conexión Américas, Dr. Carrasco has appeared in videos for several other organizations as well as regular appearances on online Spanish-language media channels.

Lucia Ramos

First Steps Nashville

For nearly two decades, Lucia has dedicated her passion and expertise to educating and coaching parents on how to best stimulate their children’s development from an early age as a developmental therapist in the early intervention system in Tennessee.


Since August of 2020, a special group of volunteers have joined us to help distribute fresh food and delicious meals to immigrant families across middle Tennessee. They are: Beatriz Garcia, Rosa Isela Garcia Cruz, Diana Lopez, Mireya Martinez, Betty Ordaz, Yanet Rodriguez, Maria Salas, and Rocio Zenon—and all of their families. 

Amigo We Love – Brian Haile

Neighborhood Health

Over the course of the pandemic Brian has been a fierce advocate ensuring immigrant and low-income community members receive necessary resources to remain safe and healthy.