NAACP Image Award for work as Creative/Cultural Advisor for Nickelodeon’s “Dora the Explorer” and “Go, Diego, Go!”

Outstanding Contribution to Higher Education Award of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators

National Multicultural Trainer of the Year Award of the American Society for Training and Development

Inspiration Award of the California Association for Bilingual Education

Distinguished California Humanist Award from the California Council for the Humanities

Hubert Herring Memorial Award of the Pacific Coast Council on Latin American Studies

Hilda Taba Award of the California Council for the Social Studies

Distinguished Teaching Award, Faculty Public Service Award, and Emeritus Professor of the Year Award of the University of California, Riverside

Smithsonian Institution Public Lecturer

Honorary Doctorates: College of Wooster (2007); DePaul University (2010)