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KPBS Celebrates Diversity

Gracia Molina Enriquez de Pick - Hispanic Heritage Honoree

Every year, KPBS recognizes heroes in San Diego's diverse communities. It's part of our ongoing commitment to diversity, and made possible through our long-standing partnership with Union Bank.

We're taking nominations for Hispanic Heritage, Disability Awareness and American Indian Heritage months until June 1.

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Thomas Hom

Asian Pacific Heritage Month: 2011 Honoree

May 24
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Thomas E. Hom is a community leader and philanthropist. He was the first Asian American elected to the San Diego City Council in 1962 as deputy mayor, and later served in the California State Assembly. Mr. Hom is also a successful entrepreneur, having been president of Tom Hom & Associates Realtors, Tom Hom Investment Corporation and chairman of The Tom Hom Group. He is also the founder of the Hom Family Foundation that has helped launch the Chinese Historical Museum.

Robin Tarr

Asian Pacific Heritage Month: 2011 Honoree

May 24
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Robin Tarr is founder of the Jonathan Tarr Foundation, education-based nonprofit that provides scholarships to a diverse population of underserved boys and girls. The Jonathan Tarr Foundation was established in memory of her son Jonathan who died in a tragic car accident at 17.

Jackie Gmach

Jewish History Month: 2011 Honoree

May 3
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Jackie Gmach is the community outreach coordinator for San Diego State University's Initiative for Moral Courage (IMC). The new interdisciplinary think-tank focuses on the critical study, promotion and recognition of moral courage through a mentoring project that brings together academics, world leaders and students.

Barbara Bry

Women's History Month: 2011 Honoree

March 7
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Barbara Bry is responsible for the foundation of San Diego Athena, the leading organization for local women in the technology and life sciences fields. She also supports her community by contributing to organizations such as Voice of San Diego, CONNECT, Run Women Run, Planned Parenthood, San Diego’s Jewish Women’s and Community foundations, Rotary Club 33 and Women Give San Diego.

Kathi Anderson

Women's History Month: 2011 Honoree

March 7
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Combining her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in international relations and counseling, Kathi Anderson serves as the executive director and co-founder of Survivors of Torture, International (SURVIVORS). Ms. Anderson also contributes to the San Diego community as a board member of the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, the San Diego Young Artists Symphony and the National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs.

Martha and Theophilus Logan

Black History Month: 2011 Honorees

Jan. 31
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Martha Logan recognized a great need for legal counseling in her San Diego community, earned her Juris Doctor degree and in 1976, began practicing law with an emphasis on protecting senior citizens, and their assets, through estate planning and personal counseling. Theophilus Logan has also devoted his life to helping others. After serving in the United States Army for 20 years, Mr. Logan turned to his passion for real estate, helping buyers achieve what may sometimes seem an impossible dream of owning a home.

Veverly E. Anderson

Black History Month: 2011 Honoree

Jan. 31
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Veverly E. Anderson is devoted to bettering the lives and circumstances of underprivileged youth in the impoverished neighborhoods of southeast San Diego.

Dwight Kala Lomayesva, III

American Indian Heritage Month: 2010 Honoree

Oct. 18
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Dwight Lomayesva, III , a member of the Hopi tribe of Arizona, has tirelessly served the local San Diego American Indian Community for more than 20 years.

Harry Paul Cuero Jr.

American Indian Heritage Month: 2010 Honoree

Oct. 18
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Harry Paul Cuero Jr.’s role as a tribal activist began at the age of 19 as he became involved in many aspects of the governmental process including serving as treasurer of the Campo Band of Kumeyaay Nation, becoming its cultural director in 2001, and in 2004, becoming the chairman and serving for four years. He is currently a member of Campo’s Executive Committee.

Carolina Ramos

Hispanic Heritage Month: 2010 Honoree

Sept. 23
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Since 2003, Carolina Alcoser Ramos has been the coordinator of Latino – Latina Services for the San Diego Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Community Center.

Gracia Molina Enriquez de Pick

Hispanic Heritage Month: 2010 Honoree

Sept. 23
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For more than 60 years, Gracia Molina Enriquez de Pick has been an educator, feminist, mentor of students and community activist for women’s equality, indigenous communities, labor and immigrants’ rights.

Divya Kakaiya Ph.D., CEDS

Asian Pacific Heritage Month: 2010 Honoree

April 19
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One of San Diego County's first Indian psychologists, Dr. Divya Kakaiya has been treating eating disorders since 1985, specializing in cultural issues within eating disorders.

Lee Ann Kim

Asian Pacific Heritage Month: 2010 Honoree

April 19
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Lee Ann Kim is founder of the San Diego Asian Film Foundation, which serves more than 100,000 audiences and over 1,000 individual artists through its annual film festival and year-round programs.

Dr. Ellen Beck

Jewish Heritage Month: 2010 Honoree

April 14
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Dr. Ellen Beck is founder of the UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic Project (SRFCP), which serves more than 2,000 low-income patients each year.

Marjory Kaplan

Jewish Heritage Month: 2010 Honoree

April 14
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Marjory Kaplan is president and chief executive officer of the Jewish Community Foundation (JCF) and holder of the Miriam and Jerome Katzin Presidential Chair.