Chicano Federation to honor Irma Castro and Delia H. Talamantez
Chicano Federation to honor
Irma Castro and Delia H. Talamantez
The Chicano Federation of San Diego County will recognize San Diego residents Irma Castro and Delia H. Talamantez for their community leadership at its 50th Anniversary Ball on Saturday, May 11. Castro and Talamantez were nominated by the community and will receive the Chicano Federation Legacy Award and Chicano Federation Visionary Award, respectively. More than 400 guests are expected to attend the celebratory event at The US Grant Hotel in Downtown San Diego.
"As we celebrate our 50th anniversary, it's only fitting to honor two remarkable women who have blazed trails as advocates for equal rights and better access to opportunities for many in our community," says Nancy Maldonado, CEO, Chicano Federation of San Diego County. "Irma and Delia's inspiring work truly embodies the spirit of the Chicano Federation."
During her tenure as executive director of the Chicano Federation, Castro also helped spearhead the Vista Serena Senior Housing Project, which began in 1985 and was completed in 1993. This was the first affordable housing project the Federation undertook. Due to her efforts, the Federation currently leads a portfolio of nine properties throughout the city of San Diego, including Barrio Logan, City Heights, and South Park neighborhoods. She has served on the board for the Vista Serena Development Corporation since 1995. In her role, she handles the approval of budgets, approval of major improvement costs, and officer elections.
Talamantez, a resident of the Banker's Hill neighborhood of San Diego, has exemplified the mission of the Chicano Federation to create and promote empowering opportunities for our diverse community through her extensive professional and community activities.
She served for 30 years as director of the Staff Affirmative Action/Conflict of Interest Office, as well as chief campus officer to Affirmative Action-Vendors and Staff and Special Employment Programs at UC San Diego. In her conflict of interest role, she evaluated and monitored campus compliance with university, state and federal regulators. She also advised administrators, faculty members, supervisors and employees on conflict of interest issues and provided policy interpretation and technical assistance to insure compliance.