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Leadership, being one of the fraternity’s principles, is not one that many brothers take lightly. Frank Garza, Chi Chapter founder and alumnus, is all too familiar with this trait and because of it; he has been nominated for the 2012 Miller Coors Lideres Award. Miller Coors felt there was a need to recognize genuine leaders with a relentless commitment to shaping the Latino community for the better. The Lideres project was launched in 2006 and it “provides visibility and resources to dozens of current and emerging leaders in the Hispanic community” according to the Miller Coors Lideres website.
Garza attended University of Texas at Austin and was instrumental in bringing Omega Delta Phi to the forty acres. While at UT, Garza was heavily involved on campus and received The Office of the Dean of Student’s Deans Dozen Award highlighting his contributions and commitment to the campus community. It comes as no surprise that Garza’s leadership qualities continued to make a difference long after his graduation from UT.
Frank currently volunteers with ¡Adelante! U.S. Education Leadership Fund to whom Garza has pledged his Lideres Award grant money if selected. ¡Adelante! U.S. Education Leadership Fund was established to address the epidemic of Hispanic college graduates and has since grown to become a vehicle for investment in Hispanic students through scholarship, internship, and leadership training programs. The Fund also awards numerous scholarships to college students across the nation each year.
According to its website “through community partnerships, support of Hispanic non-profits and tools which encourage community engagement and business success, MillerCoors Líderes recognizes and fosters commitment and vision in community leaders whether they are nationally known or recognized in their own neighborhoods”.
That is definitely one mission that Omega Delta Phi can get behind and support and one which Omega Delta Phi men will surely continue to uphold so that they may follow in Frank Garza’s footsteps in becoming a Miller Coors Lider.