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May 11, 2020

Dear members of the Tufts community,

It is with great pride that I share with you the recipients of the 2020 Presidential Award for Civic Life. For over twenty years, Tufts has recognized some of our most inspiring graduate and undergraduate students with the university’s highest honor for outstanding civic leadership and service. This year, we honor 21 individuals for their achievements: 10 undergraduate students and 11 graduate students. Together, they represent every school at Tufts as well as a diverse range of academic disciplines and civic activities.

Whether grappling with healthcare inequities abroad or strengthening diversity and inclusion on campus, this year’s award recipients have tackled complex challenges with innovation and humility. I encourage you to check out the full list of award winners, learn more about their amazing work, and take a moment to watch a special video celebration in their honor on Tisch College’s website at

Many incredible students were nominated this year, and selecting the winners was a challenge. Thank you to Tisch College and the university-wide review committee for their thoughtful participation, perspectives and collaboration. And special thanks to all those who submitted or contributed to a nomination; you are a crucial part of this tradition.

At a time when we all need a little hope and inspiration, I am inspired by these students’ achievements and by the impact they have had both on and off campus. Please join me in congratulating all of the Presidential Award winners, whose service to our communities has helped create a better, brighter world.

Best wishes,

Tony Monaco

Congratulations to the Recipients of the 2020 Presidential Award for Civic Life:

Undergraduate Students

  • School of Arts and Sciences
    • Sylvester Bracey, Africana Studies, 2020
    • Maureen Kamanu, Community Health & Biology, 2020
    • Harry Kong, Quantitative Economics & Biology, 2020
    • Kella Merlain-Moffatt, International Relations & Africana Studies, 2020
    • Rabecca Musiega, Economics & International Relations, 2020
    • Leticia Rocha, Clinical Psychology, 2020
    • Daniela Sánchez, Spanish & Latin American Studies, 2020
    • Madeline Weir, Film and Media Studies & International Relations, 2020
    • Seblewongel Yigletu, Community Health, 2020
  • School of Engineering
    • April Weintraub, Civil Engineering & Geology, 2020

Graduate Students

  • Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
    • Tatiana Henry, DVM in Veterinary Medicine, 2021
    • Rachel Prestigiacomo, DVM in Veterinary Medicine, 2021
  • Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
    • Hiroki Tanaka, MALD, 2020
  • Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
    • Grace Flaherty, MS/MPH in Food Policy & Public Health, 2020
  • Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
    • Cyatharine Alias, MA in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, 2020
  • Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
    • Camila Barrios-Camacho, PhD in Neuroscience, 2020
    • Vanessa Yanez, PhD in Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology, 2020
  • Graduate School of Engineering
    • Jessica Stieglitz, PhD in Chemical Engineering, 2020
    • Sara Wilner-Giwerc, PhD in Mechanical Engineering, 2022
  • School of Dental Medicine
    • Amanjot Sarao, DMD, 2020
  • School of Medicine
    • Anthony Norman, MD, 2020