Cindy Nava and Vice President Joe Biden
Cindy Nava, second from left, with (l. to r.) U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham and Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden.

In observance of National Hispanic Month, the Huffington Post/Latino Voices released its “40 Under 40: Latinos in American Politics” to watch for in this upcoming election cycle. Making the list is University of New Mexico student, Cindy Nava, who is currently working toward her master’s degree in Education Leadership & Policy in the College of Education.

Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to celebrate this important growing demographic in the United States and acknowledge the worldwide achievements and contributions Hispanics have made to American culture.

“Given the recent wave of anti-immigrant and anti-Latino sentiment that this election cycle has reignited, this year's list focuses on Latinos who are rising fast and showing what [they] can do. Selection for the list was done by a committee of peers -- some partisans; some not.” (Huff Post, 9/21)

Nava, a Dreamer from New Mexico, has volunteered with over a dozen political organizations, including the People for the American Way, Senator Tom Udall, Rep. Michele Lujan Grisham, Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, Young Democrats of New Mexico, and Democratic National Committee.

"I feel incredibly grateful to be able to represent my beloved state of New Mexico, UNM and the many people who have stood by my side throughout my journey,” Nava said. “I know that as long as Hispanics continue to serve and walk in unity to support each other, we will continue to surpass all statistics and expectations as leaders of tomorrow. Just like many of our grandparents, who for generations harvested the fields of this country, it is my desire that we now harvest opportunity and success through access to higher education". 

Nava is currently awaiting final approval of her DACA application and “when it comes, look out,” the Huff Post article stated. “Nava is a Latina political star in the making.”

More than 50 Albuquerque organizations have joined together for Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 until Oct. 15. The national theme this year is “Honoring our Heritage. Building our Future.”

For a complete calendar of events, visit: ABQ Hispano Chamber of Commerce.