To coincide with Nava's appearance at the Hispanic National Committee fund raiser, the mayor of the city of Dallas, Robert S. Folsom, proclaimed September 11, 1980 as "Julian Nava Day." Nava had been invited to attend the fund raiser because of his many accomplishments, but most particularly due to his recent appointment as U.S. Ambassador to Mexico. In April 3, 1980 Julian Nava became the first Mexican-American appointed U.S. Ambassador to Mexico under the Carter Administration. Born and raised in East Los Angeles, Julian Nava became one of the first Mexican-American graduates of Pomona College and one of the first Mexican-American doctoral students at Harvard University. He went on to have a distinguished career as professor of history at California State University, Northridge, member of the Los Angeles Board of Education, and United States Ambassador to Mexico from 1980 to 1981. 11.9 in. x 8.9 in.