Sam Byrd
Director
Centro de Comunidad y Justicia 

Mr. Sam Byrd, has more than 30 years of experience in working with community-based efforts to improve the educational status of Latinos in Idaho. He speaks both English and Spanish fluently, is a dynamic speaker, and has extensive experience in dealing with diversity, human rights, and education issues.

As a community facilitator, he has been a leader in various cultural and human rights groups, including the Task Force on Hispanic Education, the Idaho Committee on Indian Education, the Idaho Human Rights Education Center, the Idaho Inclusiveness Coalition, the Council on Hispanic Education, and the University of Idaho’s Diversity and Human Rights Committee.

Mr. Byrd currently serves as the director of the Centro de Comunidad y Justicia, a non-profit community-based organization. Since 1996, Centro has worked to achieve social, educational, and economic justice for Latinos in Idaho.

In March of 1998, Mr. Byrd was awarded the Larry G. Selland Humanitarian Award by the Boise State University Women’s Center.

In June 1998, he also received the national Howard Swearer Humanitarian Award by the Campus Compact in recognition of his work to improve educational opportunities for Hispanic students in Idaho.

In May of 2001, Mr. Byrd was a recipient of the University of Idaho President’s Medallion, which is awarded to individuals who have made significant contributions to the cultural, economic, scientific and/or social advancement of Idaho and its people.

In May of 2003, he was awarded the Distinguished Leadership in Human Rights award by Hewlett-Packard. This award represents a strong recognition of the contributions that he has made to the cause of Human Rights for Idaho’s citizens.