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Robert Rivas and Patricia Rincon

Union Bank and KPBS Honor Local Heroes During Hispanic Heritage Month

San Diego County CA— In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and as part of its ongoing commitment to inclusion, diversity and responsible banking, Union Bank has partnered with KPBS to honor two inspiring local heroes. The 2016 Hispanic Heritage Month honorees are: Patricia Rincon, Artistic Director, Patricia Rincon Dance Collective; and Robert Rivas, founder and CEO, Encuentros Leadership. The honorees will be recognized at a private dinner with their families and executives from KPBS and Union Bank.

Since 1998, KPBS and Union Bank have collaborated on the Local Heroes program and recognized more than 200 honorees. The program pays tribute to exemplary leaders who are making a difference and enriching the lives of others by improving their community, region and the world at large. The 2016 Hispanic Heritage Month honorees demonstrate a shared commitment to providing their communities with the tools to thrive in today’s changing world.

In addition to Hispanic Heritage Month during September, Union Bank and KPBS recognized local heroes during Black History Month (February), Women’s History Month (March), Jewish American Heritage Month (May) and Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (May), and LGBT Pride Month (June). Honorees will also be celebrated during Disability Awareness Month (October) and American Indian Heritage Month (November).

“The honorees enrich our community in so many ways,” said Union Bank Regional President Robbin Narike Preciado. “Union Bank celebrates Robert Rivas and Patricia Rincon for their dedication to helping at-risk youth and promoting cultural explorations through dance.”

“We are proud to join with Union Bank to honor Robert and Patricia for their exemplary community service during Hispanic Heritage Month,” said Tom Karlo, KPBS general manager. “Their work in our community makes it a better place for all of us.”

Patricia Rincon, Artistic Director, Patricia Rincon Dance Collective, has demonstrated her commitment to and promotion of diversity through her years of dance making. Known for her adventurous programming and cultural investigations using multi-media, live music and performance art, Rincon has provided performance opportunities to diverse dancers, including many Hispanic artists. She has served on UCSD’s dance faculty for 39 years and as Head of Dance for the past seven years. Rincon has performed, directed, and choreographed performances and workshops in Mexico, Argentina, Europe, and California. As Artistic Director of the Patricia Rincon Dance Collective, she developed the annual Blurred Borders International Dance Festival series and the Myth Project: American Dream dance-theatre series.

Robert Rivas, founder and CEO, Encuentros Leadership, has focused his work on supporting boys of Latino descent to achieve optimal performance in education. Encuentros Leadership addresses the critical educational, social and economic issues impacting the quality of education and life opportunities for Latino boys within the San Diego community. Rivas implements culturally relevant interventions to decrease the Latino male dropout rate in secondary education and increase Latino male post-secondary education participation, retention, and graduation rates. Efforts have been successful over the last three years — boys in the program have scored an average of one grade point higher than their peers not in the program, as well as have a higher attendance rate and fewer discipline problems. The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence selected Encuentros Leadership for Hispanics as a “bright spot” in Hispanic Education.

KPBS features a wide range of programming during Hispanic Heritage Month. For more information or to nominate a future local hero, please visit: www.kpbs.org/heroes or unionbank.com/heroes.


About KPBS

KPBS serves our local communities with news and entertainment programming that respects our audience with inspiring, intelligent and enlightening content. KPBS will deliver this content via multiple outlets, including television, radio, and digital media and will adapt and remain relevant in a rapidly changing world. KPBS values integrity, truth, transparency and lifelong learning. At KPBS we strive to engage with our citizens and showcase the unique neighborhoods and people that make our community thrive. And as a public service of San Diego State University, education is a core value – from our children’s programming to our local news coverage. KPBS is committed to being a reliable source for in-depth, thoughtful, and high quality content.

About MUFG Union Bank, N.A.

MUFG Union Bank, N.A., is a full-service bank with offices across the United States. We provide a wide spectrum of corporate, commercial and retail banking and wealth management solutions to meet the needs of customers. We also offer an extensive portfolio of value-added solutions for customers, including investment banking, personal and corporate trust, global custody, transaction banking, capital markets, and other services. With assets of $116 billion, as of June 30, 2016, MUFG Union Bank has strong capital reserves, credit ratings and capital ratios relative to peer banks. MUFG Union Bank is a proud member of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (NYSE: MTU), one of the world’s largest financial organizations with total assets of approximately ¥298.2 trillion (JPY) or $2.9 trillion (USD)¹, as of June 30, 2016. The corporate headquarters (principal executive office) for MUFG Americas Holdings Corporation, which is the financial holding company and MUFG Union Bank, is in New York City. The main banking office of MUFG Union Bank is in San Francisco, California.

1 Exchange rate of 1 USD=¥102.91 (JPY) as of June 30, 2016