2014 Keynote Speaker
ROBERT "ARCHIE" ARCHULETA
Robert “Archie” Archuleta was born in Grand Junction Colorado. He worked as a farmworker, dishwasher, and construction worker to earn his Education degree from Idaho State. He completed post-graduate studies at the University of Utah in Education and attended 7 colleges and universities to study elementary school teaching methods and curriculum development (Japan, Women’s Studies, ESL, Spanish for Elementary Schools and Adult Basic Ed). His love of teaching and pursuit of education is obvious.
Throughout his life, Archie has been equally passionate and actively involved in issues of civil rights reform. He has been a member of ethnic, political, advocacy, educational, peace, civil rights, civil liberties, poverty and labor groups and boards for several decades. He’s been particularly involved in the immigration struggle since the early 80’s. Currently, he serves as President of the Utah Coalition of La Raza - and is an active member of the Salt Lake County Hispanic Democratic Caucus, Centro Civico Mexicano, Center for Documentary and Expressive Arts, Concerned Citizens Committee, Alliance for Unity, and the Enriching Utah Coalition. He has received many awards and honors for his work and dedication to improving quality of life and ensuring civil liberty including the Cesar Chavez Education award from UCLR; the Quijote Lifetime Achievement award from the Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; the Charles E. Bennett Humanitarian and Civil Rights award from the Utah Education Association; the Humanitarian award from the National Council for Community and Justice (Inclusion Center); the NAACP/Center for Documentary Expression Arts in 2012, and most recently this year the Centro Civico Mexicano’s Individual Zaragoza Award.
Archie’s boundless energy and strong commitment continues to be a strong force for civil liberty in the state of Utah and in the nation, as he encourages young people to be involved in reform. He believes that one voice can, and does, make a difference.