By Liz Warren-Pederson


The Eller Hispanic Honorary, a student organization founded two years ago, recognized the achievements of 50 undergraduate students at an awards dinner in November.

President of EHH Celi Garcia and one of the Top 50 Scholars Jocelyn Guillen  Photo by Gaizka Urrieztieta.

President of EHH Celi Garcia (right) and Jocelyn Guillen, one of the Top 50 Scholars.
Photo by Gaizka Urrieztieta.

The event’s keynote speaker was Lea Marquez Peterson, Eller marketing and entrepreneurship alum and president/CEO of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. The Eller Hispanic Honorary also recognized community leader Rudy Dabdoub, principal of North Face Investments, a company engaged in downtown Tucson revitalization.

“The purpose of the Eller Hispanic Honorary is to promote the talent and academic excellence of top-performing Hispanic business students,” explained current president Araceli Garcia, a pre-business major. “This recognition enriches and empowers elite students who serve as leaders within the Eller College.”

Garcia was elected to the Hispanic Honorary board last year. She said that the organization is currently focused on building relationships within Tucson.

“Our building blocks this spring consist of forming a mentoring program for students who are interested in business,” she said. “We will be hosting a preview night for San Miguel students and their parents, so they can come to Eller and see why higher education is worth striving for. We believe it is our turn to introduce them to these opportunities and make sure they follow in our footsteps.”

Members of the honorary are also volunteering in support of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “We worked at the Noche de Exitos Gala in the fall,” she said.

Garcia said that the Eller Hispanic Honorary is focused on leadership, scholarly excellence, and diversity recognition. “In the future, we hope to provide leadership development and scholarships to rising stars and outstanding student leaders in the Eller College of Management,” she said.

Congratulations to Eller’s top 50 Hispanic scholars. See the list and more pictures on the Honorary’s Facebook page.

Top image of vice president Hector Rosales and public relations manager Rebecca Durazo of the Eller Hispanic Honorary. Photo by Gaizka Urrieztieta.