El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Honors UTEP President Natalicio with Moving Forward Award

The El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (EPHCC) recognized UTEP President Diana Natalicio with its highest honor, the Moving Forward Award, on Nov. 1 at its Annual Fiesta Celebration and Piñata Bash.

Words can’t describe enough why our board voted unanimously to honor Dr. Diana Natalicio with this award, as she is the heart, the soul, the vision and the spark that keeps our University always moving forward into new global directions, all for the betterment of our border region,” said Cindy Ramos-Davidson, CEO of EPHCC.

Washington Monthly magazine’s #7 ranking for The University of Texas at El Paso, based on UTEP’s commitment to access and excellence, was something that caught Ramos-Davidson’s eyes. 

“Being listed #7 in the nation is an outstanding accomplishment by an amazing leader and role model,” she said. “The EPHCC is blessed and privileged to have her in our community and extremely honored to be able to recognize her with the chamber’s highest award.”

The Moving Forward Award represents the best of El Paso because it is presented to individuals who have worked tirelessly to promote El Paso through their leadership, and those who have made a significant impact on the community. Other criteria in selecting individuals for this award include advocating small business success, serving as a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves, being a strong a progressive visionary who promotes El Paso and its causes without consideration for themselves, and serving as a role model for the children, families, and the city of El Paso.

"I am deeply honored to receive this award, which I accept on behalf of the students, faculty and staff who have worked so hard to achieve UTEP’s goal of providing higher education access and excellence to the Paso del Norte region,” President Natalicio said. “As UTEP celebrates our first 100 years of academic and research leadership in this community, we thank the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for their sustained support, and commit to do all that we can to continue to live up to the ideals and spirit of the Moving Forward Award.” 

This most recent honor bestowed upon President Natalicio serves to highlight her commitment to UTEP and the El Paso community. Over the course of her 25-year career at the University, President Natalicio has raised the profile of the institution. Some recent noteworthy accomplishments include UTEP’s College of Business Administration rating as the No. 1 graduate business program for Hispanics for the fourth year in a row by Hispanic Business magazine, and the #1 ranking by Washington Monthly for student social mobility.